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Identity, Ritual, and Power in Colonial Puebla is a sophisticated and nuanced discussion of the role of ritual in the negotiation and staging of conflicts in eighteenth-century Puebla.
Dr. Frances L. Ramos, assistant professor of Latin American history at the University of South Florida, is the winner of the Michael C. Meyer Award for her 2012 book Identity, Ritual, and Power in Colonial Puebla published by the University of Arizona Press.
The first systematic study of its kind on colonial Mexico’s “second city,” Ramos’s dynamic and meticulously researched study exposes and explains the many (and often surprising) ways that politics and political culture were forged, tested, and demonstrated through public ceremonies in eighteenth-century Puebla.
With Ramos as a guide, we are not only dazzled by the trappings of power, but are also witness to the public spectacles through which municipal councilmen turned locals into participants in this Mexican city’s politics. Employing an extensive array of source material including council minutes, judicial cases, official correspondence, and printed sermons, Ramos illustrates how public rituals became pivotal in the shaping of Puebla’s complex political culture.
The Michael C. Meyer Award is conferred by the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. In the award citation, the judging committee called Identity, Ritual, and Power in Colonial Puebla, "A wonderfully written analysis of the cabildo in eighteenth-century Puebla, New Spain's second city, that places the nuanced analysis of ritual within the contexts of political, economic, and social power. Ramos brings the actors in her work to life, presenting a dramatic story with which current readers can empathize, soundly based in the historical sources."
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