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Analyzing a wide variety of late-nineteenth-century sources, Sex, Skulls, and Citizens argues that Argentine scientific projects of the era were not just racial encounters, but were also conditioned by sexual relationships in all their messy, physical reality.

The writers studied here (an eclectic group of scientists, anthropologists, and novelists, including Estanislao Zeballos, Lucio and Eduarda Mansilla, Ramón Lista, and Florence Dixie) reflect on Indigenous sexual practices, analyze the advisability and effects of interracial sex, and use the language of desire to narrate encounters with Indigenous peoples as they try to scientifically pinpoint Argentina's racial identity and future potential.

Kerr's reach extends into history of science, literary studies, and history of anthropology, illuminating a scholarly time and place in which the lines betwixt were much blurrier, if they existed at all.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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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. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Scientific Engagements: Women, Sex, and Racial Science
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Inappropriate Relations: Indigenous Private Lives as a Matter of Public Concern
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. Sex and Specimen: Desiring Indigenous Bodies
  2. pp. 39-65
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  1. Displaying Gender: Indigenous Peoples in the Museo de La Plata
  2. pp. 66-99
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  1. Degenerates or New Beginnings? Theorizing Racial Mixture in Fiction
  2. pp. 100-125
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  1. Defiant Captives and Warrior Queens: Women Repurpose Scientific Racism
  2. pp. 126-154
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  1. Conclusion: An Enduring Legacy: The Nineteenth Century in the Twentieth and Twenty-First
  2. pp. 155-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-198
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 199-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-230
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826522733
Related ISBN
9780826522726
MARC Record
OCLC
1111651782
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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