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Cholas and Pishtacos: Stories of Race and Sex in the Andes (Women in Culture and Society) Paperback – December 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0226891545 ISBN-10: 0226891542 Edition: 1st

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Winner of the 2003 Senior Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society.

The chola and the pishtaco are provocative characters from South American popular culture—the former a sensual mixed-race woman and the latter a horrifying white killer—who show up in everything from horror stories and dirty jokes to romantic novels and travel posters. In this elegantly written book, these two figures become vehicles for an exploration of race, sex, and violence that pulls the reader into the vivid landscapes and lively cities of the Andes. Weismantel's theory of race and sex begins not with individual identity but with three forms of social and economic interaction: estrangement, exchange, and accumulation. She maps the barriers that separate white and Indian, male and female-barriers that exist not in order to prevent exchange, but rather to exacerbate its inequality.

Weismantel weaves together sources ranging from her own fieldwork and the words of potato sellers, hotel maids, and tourists to classic works by photographer Martin Chambi and novelist José María Arguedas. Cholas and Pishtacos is also an enjoyable and informative introduction to a relatively unknown region of the Americas.

About the Author

Mary Weismantel is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and chair of Latin American studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Food, Gender and Poverty in the Ecuadorian Andes.
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Product Details

  • Series: Women in Culture and Society
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226891542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226891545
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luz Baez on June 20, 2013
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It was required reading for a class on race and gender. It provided the reader with an glimpse of the life of the Cholas. The role attributed to women with the expectation that women are responsible for the maintenance of the culture and traditions.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2002
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The book as a whole is a wonderful ethnographic work. The author vividly paints the Latin American landscape so that the audience is right there with her. It shows a different side of the traditional ideas about Latin American women. It discusses the ideals of racism in Latin America as well as delves into the explaination of it.
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By Lorna Evans on March 31, 2013
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Great book. It really shed some great information on environmental violence. It has such tremendous knowledge that everyone should read it.
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