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5270 - RACE, ETHNICITY AND CLASS IN MIDDLE AMERICA, CONCEPTUAL ISSUES

Using empirical material mostly from Middle America this paper will discuss some conceptual issues concerning the categories of race, ethnicity and class and their interrelationships. It will argue first, that these categories, considered clearly separated forms of social categorization and identification in current thought, where more intimately related and sometimes synonymous in earlier times. Secondly, while much of recent scholarship has stressed the political and legal spheres (citizenship, rights discourse, etc.), I will argue that important dimensions of class, especially social and economic differentiations within the indigenous population, have been unduly neglected in analyses of indigenous ethnicity and movements in much of recent scholarship.

Palavras-chaves: theory, ethnicity, class

Autores: Gabbert, Wolfgang (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany / Deutschland)

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