In this Book

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With its rich mix of cultures, European influences, colonial tensions, and migration from bordering nations, Ecuador has long drawn the interest of ethnographers, historians, and political scientists. In this book, Jean Muteba Rahier delivers a highly detailed, thought-provoking examination of the racial, sexual, and social complexities of Afro-Ecuadorian culture, as revealed through the annual Festival of the Kings. During the Festival, the people of various villages and towns of Esmeraldas--Ecuador's province most associated with blackness--engage in celebratory and parodic portrayals, often donning masks, cross-dressing, and disguising themselves as blacks, indigenous people, and whites, in an obvious critique of local, provincial, and national white, white-mestizo, and light-mulatto elites. Rahier shows that this festival, as performed in different locations, reveals each time a specific location's perspective on the larger struggles over identity, class, and gender relations in the racial-spacial order of Esmeraldas, and of the Ecuadorian nation in general.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Setting Up the Stage: Contextualizing the Afro-Esmeraldian Festival of the Kings
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. 2. The Village of Santo Domingo de Onzole and the Period of Preparation of the Festival of the Kings
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. 3. The Festival of the Kings in Santo Domingo de Onzole
  2. pp. 61-97
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  1. 4. The Festival of the Kings in La Tola
  2. pp. 98-120
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  1. 5. Race, Sexuality, and Gender as They Relate to the Play of the Cowls
  2. pp. 121-142
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  1. 6. Performances and Contexts of the Play in January 2003
  2. pp. 143-163
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  1. Conclusion: From the Centrality of Place in Esmeraldian Ethnography to Theoretical and Methodologica
  2. pp. 164-174
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  1. Glossary of Esmeraldian Spanish Terms
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. References
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Production Note
  2. pp. 199-202
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252094729
Related ISBN
9780252037511
MARC Record
OCLC
842499853
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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