Race: the Cultural and Political Power of an Illusion in Latin America

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Race: The Cultural and Political Power of an Illusion in Latin America

Race has been the most arguable and controversial subject in Latin American history. Since 16th century it has created a great deal of prejudice among Latin American people, it has been referred, as biological characteristics later modified to a social statue such are education, wealth and language. It has been under a heavy influence of cultural and political power where people were classified from their biological characteristics to their wealth. Through the time race has become the main tool for state creation and regulation. Race has become a status, which has structured and organized the nation but the term “race” has never itself been stable. In today’s Latin America modern theory of “race” has meaning of a political power, status and regulation, it’s a states way of monitoring and controlling of the heterogeneous nation. Race gradually has become a political cultural and economic power for Latin American state.
In this paper I will argue about the idea that race in Latin America gradually has became just an illusion, a tool by which people were controlled structured and manipulated. Various articles will be presented to support and illustrate the transformation of the word “race “ and its cultural and political influence on Latin America. I will talk about the colonial to republic period idea of “race “ In Latin America and how the meaning of the word was manipulated. I will discuss the colonial period of religion and its influence on “race” then I will talk about the science and a social impact on meaning of “race” and lastly I will talk about the political and economical influence on “race”.
The term race in the literature was introduced by a French phrenologist Georges Cuvier , he established the idea of inherited physical traits that are characteristics of the various human…...

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