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Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft, and Caste in Colonial Mexico

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Through an examination of caste in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Mexico, Hall of Mirrors explores the construction of hierarchy and difference in a Spanish colonial setting. Laura A. Lewis describes how the meanings attached to the categories of Spanish, Indian, black, mulatto, and mestizo were generated within that setting, as she shows how the cultural politics of c ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 5th 2003 by Duke University Press Books (first published August 15th 2003)
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Bri
Aug 26, 2010 Bri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in caste in Colonial Mexico
Recommended to Bri by: Read for a class
Might as well share the review I wrote for class:


In Hall of Mirrors, Lewis brings forth an intriguing look at magic as an agent of social control in colonial New Spain. More importantly, Lewis offers her exploration of witchcraft within the context of colonial Mexico’s rigid caste system. With detailed descriptions of social practices, complete with case studies, Lewis tells the reader not only what cultural norms surrounding witchcraft and magic existed, but also offers explanations for why the
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John
This is an idea book, and it is not always the easiest book to read. Lewis does include some compelling case studies, so the reader does receive some windows into the lives of real people, and that helps keep the pages turning, but there are long stretches here devoted to big thinking and sometimes they drag. If you are like me you tolerate those sections until you get back to a historical anecdote that grounds all the big ideas and gives them some kind of concrete, understandable shape.
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Barb
This book was decent. It was hard to follow for the most part during the course of the reading. However, once you got to the end, all the pieces were put together. I had to do this for a research project for college, so naturally, I had to review it for references. I honestly don't believe I would have understood the point of the book if I hadn't reviewed it. Not completely, anyway.
Alia
Not sure if i agree with her hall of mirror theory. Enjoyed the book nonetheless.
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