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- DescriptionCrafting Identity goes far beyond folklore in its ethgraphic exploration of mask making in central Mexico. In addition to examining larger theoretical issues about indigeus and mestizo identity and cultural citizenship as represented through masks and festivals, the book also examines how dominant institutions of cultural production (art, media, and tourism) mediate Mexican arte popular , which makes Mexican indigeneity digestible from the standpoint of elite and popular Mexican nationalism and American and global markets for folklore. The first ethgraphic study of its kind, the book examines how indigeus and mestizo mask makers, both popular and elite, view and contest relations of power and inequality through their craft. Using data from his interviews with mask makers, collectors, museum curators, editors, and others, Pavel Shlossberg places the artisans within the larger context of their relationships with the nation-state and Mexican elites, as well as with the production cultures that inform international arts and crafts markets. In exploring the connection of mask making to capitalism, the book examines the symbolic and material pressures brought to bear on Mexican artisans to embody and enact self-racializing stereotypes and the performance of stigmatized indigeus identities. Shlossberg's weaving of ethgraphic data and cultural theory demystifies the way mask makers ascribe meaning to their practices and illuminates how these practices are influenced by state and cultural institutions. Demonstrating how the practice of mask making negotiates ethracial identity with regard to the Mexican state and the United States, Shlossberg shows how it derives meaning, value, and ecomic worth in the eyes of the state and cultural institutions that mediate between the mask maker and the market.
- Author BiographyPavel Shlossberg is an assistant professor in the master's program in communication and leadership studies at Gonzaga University, USA. His research interests include cultural studies of Latin America, cultural citizenship, cultural production, ethnic and racial identity, transnationalism, and media and reception studies.
- Author(s)Pavel Shlossberg
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2015
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleFirst Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Note21 photographs
- Weight599 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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