Ashley E. Kerr
Sex, Skulls, and Citizens
Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)
Vanderbilt University Press 2020
New Books in AnthropologyNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Intellectual HistoryNew Books in Latin American StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Science & TechnologyNew Books in Science, Technology, and SocietyNew Books Network June 22, 2020 Candela Marini
Analyzing a wide variety of late-nineteenth-century sources, Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910) (Vanderbilt University Press, 2020) argues that Argentine scientific projects of the era were not just racial encounters, but were also conditioned by sexual relationships in all their messy, physical reality.
The writers studied here (an eclectic group of scientists, anthropologists, and novelists, including Estanislao Zeballos, Lucio and Eduarda Mansilla, Ramón Lista, and Florence Dixie reflect on Indigenous sexual practices, analyze the advisability and effects of interracial sex, and use the language of desire to narrate encounters with Indigenous peoples as they try to scientifically pinpoint Argentina’s racial identity and future potential.
Kerr’s reach extends into history of science, literary studies, and history of anthropology, illuminating a scholarly time and place in which the lines betwixt were much blurrier, if they existed at all.
Ashley E. Kerr is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Idaho.
Candela Marini is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Spanish at MSOE University. You can tweet her and suggest books at @MariniCandela
Podcasts We Like
- The China History Podcast
- Classical Ideas
- Curiosity Daily
- Democracy Works
- The Endless Knot
- Historically Thinking
- How Do We Fix It?
- Independent Thought & Freedom
- Philosophical Disquisitions
- The Science of Politics
- Talking Legal History
- Think About It
- Third Reich History
- Time to Eat the Dogs
- The Vocal Fries
- Working Historians