Re: [xmca] Fwd: [CBD] historical concepts

From: Paul Dillon (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2007 - 15:16:44 PST

  Angel Rosenblatt wrote an excellent study of colonial racial concepts in Latin America, I believe the title was "Mestizaje y Raza en America Latina". The two volume study includes a series of 12 "racial" types, based on the mixing of European, Native American, and African stocks (sort of like the primary colors of art). One of my favorites was the "No se Que" type.
  Bottom line: all racial constructs are social constructs built on allele frequency distributions.
  Paul Dillon wrote:
I'm not sure about the source of your attachment by the first paragraph says:

17th century theories of racial difference:
While the 17th century did not have systematic notions of racial difference, colonialism led to the development of social and political institutions, such as slavery in the New World, that were later justified through racial theories (cf. Gossett 1997:17).

However, a wikipedia source says the following:

Casta is a 17th century term used in Spanish America, and refers to the institutionalized system of racial segregatand social stratification and segregation based on a person's heritage. (see:

There is a very famous depiction (drawing) of this system in the Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexica city which shows all of the possible permutaions of racial mixing.


----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Cole
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007 12:04 pm
Subject: [xmca] Fwd: [CBD] historical concepts
To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"

> I thought this document might be of interest to several on the list.
> mike
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Philip Newman

> Date: Jan 10, 2007 1:38 PM
> Subject: [CBD] historical concepts
> To:
> FYI: Attached is a rundown of historical concepts of
> race in anthropology from 16th century forward.
> Phil Newman
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