The Mestizo Mind: The Intellectual Dynamics of Colonization and Globalization (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Mestizo Mind Looking at the 15th century colonization of Latin America, Gruzinski documents the melange that resulted. The physical and cultural encounters that created a new culture, a new individual, and a phenomenon we now call globalization.
- Published: 07 November 2002
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415928793 ISBN 10: 0415928796
- Sales rank: 722,858
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Mestizo: a person of mixed blood; specifically, a person of mixed European and American Indian ancestry. Serge Gruzinski, the renowned historian of Latin America, offers a brilliant, original critique of colonization and globalization in The Mestizo Mind. Looking at the fifteenth-century colonization of Latin America, Gruzinski documents the melange that resulted: colonized mating with colonizers; Indians joining the Catholic Church and colonial government; and Amerindian visualizations of Jesus and Perseus. These physical and cultural encounters created a new culture, a new individual, and a phenomenon we now call globalization. Revealing globalization's early origins, Gruzinski then fast forwards to the contemporary melange seen in the films of Peter Greenaway and Wong Kar-Wai to argue that over 500 years of intermingling has produced the mestizo mind, a state of mixed thinking that we all possess. A masterful alchemy of history, anthropology, philosophy and visual analysis, The Mestizo Mind definitively conceptualizes the clash of civilizations in the style of Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak and Anne McClintock.