Forging People

Forging People

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Hispanic American and Latino/a Thought

  • Edited by Jorge Gracia

  • 370 pages, 6.00 x 9.00

  • Paperback | 9780268029821 | October 2011

  • eBook (PDF) | 9780268080662 | October 2011

  • Latino Perspectives


Forging People explores the way in which Hispanic American thinkers in Latin America and Latino/a philosophers in the United States have posed and thought about questions of race, ethnicity, and nationality, and how they have interpreted the most significant racial and ethnic labels used in Hispanic America in connection with issues of rights, nationalism, power, and identity. Following the first introductory chapter, each of the essays addresses one or more influential thinkers, ranging from Bartolomé de Las Casas on race and the rights of Amerindians; to Simón Bolívar's struggle with questions of how to forge a nation from disparate populations; to modern and contemporary thinkers on issues of race, unity, assimilation, and diversity. Each essay carefully and clearly presents the views of key authors in their historical and philosophical context and provides brief biographical sketches and reading lists, as aids to students and other readers.

Forging People is an indispensable resource for anyone who works, teaches, or is interested in the thought, history, and social situation of Latin America and the views of Latinos residing in the United States.