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Labor and Love in Guatemala: The Eve of Independence

Catherine Komisaruk

Abstract

This book explores the gendered mechanisms that have fueled many of the major developments in Latin America's social history. Focusing on Guatemala in the late colonial period, the book demonstrates that the period from the 1760s to 1821 was one of rapid transition for both ethnic identities and labor forms. The book depicts the gendered structures of labor, migration, family, and reproduction at the root of the shift from coerced to free labor. By drawing on hundreds of archival records and court cases, it portrays a range of ordinary individuals and families in extraordinary detail. The book ... More

Keywords: gendered mechanisms, Latin America, social history, Guatemala, late colonial period, rapid transition, ethnic identities, labor forms, gendered structures, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804757041
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757041.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Komisaruk, author