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África en México: una herencia repudiada/ Africa in Mexico: A Repudiated Heritage
Hernández Cuevas, Marco Polo


This study explores the African presence in Mexico and the impact it has had on the development of Mexican national identity over the past centuries. By analyzing Mexican miscegenation from a perspective identified as mestizaje positivo (positive miscegenation) where an equality exists among all ethnic heritages are equal forming the glue that binds together the new ethnicity, it reveals that Mexico’s African heritage is alive and well. In the end, the author calls for further examinations into the damage caused to the majority of the Mexican population by a Eurocentric mentality that marks them as inferior.


“Two things make this work unique. First, it is a text that emerges from the depths of African American-ness, given that its author, Dr. Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas, asserts his heritage and proclaims himself African Mexican. Secondly, it is a collection of solidly grounded research-reflection essays that confront invisibility and directly deconstructs endophobia's (self hate) framework. ... Concurrently, this work is a vast contribution to the visibility of a community, such as the African Mexican, that has been marginalized for centuries. It is remarkable to find remnants of its historical memory. It is astounding that African Mexican-ness still has strength to combat its own endophobia while immersed in the global conflict of national identity.” - Dr. Quince Duncan, Professor Emeritus of Latin America Studies, Institutio de Estudios Latinamericanos

“This book is an important and original contribution to Mexican and African Diaspora studies. It is thoroughly researched, meticulously documented and written with passion.” - Marvin A. Lewis, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Prólogo de Quince Duncan Introducción 1 La población negra de México: parte del discurso blanqueador para “poner al negro en su lugar” 2 El color de nuestra piel: ¿Los mexicanos acaso descendemos de africanos también? 3 Memín Punguín: uno de los comics mexicanos más populares como instrumento para codificar al negro 4 El chinaco don Vicente Riva Palacio: el padre de la novela mexicana 5 El Signifying chango que chinga en Chin Chin el teporocho Conclusiones Diccionario chilango Bibliografia Índice onomástico y temático

ISBN10:  0-7734-5216-8   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-5216-9    Pages:  140    Year:  2007   

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Areas:  African-American Studies, Ethnic and Immigrant Studies, Latin America, Iberia, Caribbean - History,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

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