The Social Production of Difference and Distance and the Lived Responses to Categorization Within Black Ibero-America
Dr. Mariselle Meléndez and Dr. Ben Vinson III make up this panel. Governing bodies, religious authorities, and local land- and slave-owners created definitions of difference in the Americas, using terms such as race, caste, republic, and calidad. . These differences, in turn, justified Iberian imperial and colonial projects. . Groups who were subordinated by these definitions often pushed back or negotiated their relationships to the imposed categories in a fluid exchange of identity definition. . From this fluidity emerged renegotiations of the meaning of the differences and distance that the Iberian colonizers attempted to impose. . . This panel examines how and why social relations become contextualized by structural forces and geographic contexts such that they influence and in turn are influenced by people. . . Specifically, this panel considers the social production of identity as an interactive process in Ibero-America among and between groups who were subordinated, as well as between subordinated groups and Iberian colonizers.
Meléndez, Dr. Mariselle; Dr. Ben Vinson III; and Dr. Eleuterio Santiago-Díaz. "The Social Production of Difference and Distance and the Lived Responses to Categorization Within Black Ibero-America." (2011). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/greenleaf_symposia/2