The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity and Latin American / Hispanic Political Thought

Paperback | February 10, 2014

byDiego A. Von Vacano

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The role of race in politics, citizenship, and the state is one of the most perplexing puzzles of modernity. While political thought has been slow to take up this puzzle, Diego von Vacano suggests that the tradition of Latin American and Hispanic political thought, which has long consideredthe place of mixed-race peoples throughout the Americas, is uniquely well-positioned to provide useful ways of thinking about the connections between race and citizenship. As he argues, debates in the United States about multiracial identity, the possibility of a post-racial world in the aftermathof Barack Obama, and demographic changes owed to the age of mass migration will inevitably have to confront the intellectual tradition related to racial admixture that comes to us from Latin America.Von Vacano compares the way that race is conceived across the writings of four thinkers, and across four different eras: the Spanish friar Bartolome de Las Casas writing in the context of empire; Simon Bolivar writing during the early republican period; Venezuelan sociologist Laureano VallenillaLanz on the role of race in nationalism; and Mexican philosopher Jose Vasconcelos writing on the aesthetic approach to racial identity during the cosmopolitan, post-national period. From this comparative and historical survey, von Vacano develops a concept of race as synthetic, fluid and dynamic - aconcept that will have methodological, historical, and normative value for understanding race in other diverse societies.

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The role of race in politics, citizenship, and the state is one of the most perplexing puzzles of modernity. While political thought has been slow to take up this puzzle, Diego von Vacano suggests that the tradition of Latin American and Hispanic political thought, which has long consideredthe place of mixed-race peoples throughout the...

Diego A. von Vacano is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Theory Convocation at Texas AandM University. He was previously a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and is the author of The Art of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Paradox of Empire: Las Casas and the Birth of Race2. Mixed into Unity: Race and Republic in the Thought of Simon Bolivar3. Race and Nation in the Democratic Caesarism of Vallenilla Lanz4. The Citizenship of Beauty: Jose Vasconcelos's Aesthetic Synthesis of RaceConclusion: Making Race Visible to Political Theory