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Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Shirley Anne Tate

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381717

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381717.001.0001

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Comics, Dolls and the Disavowal of Racism

Comics, Dolls and the Disavowal of Racism

Learning from Mexican Mestizaje*

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(p.175) Chapter 10 Comics, Dolls and the Disavowal of Racism
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Creolizing Europe
Author(s):

Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa

Emiko Saldívar Tanaka

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381717.003.0011

Mónica Moreno Figueroa and Emiko Saldivar explore the discourses of mestizaje (racial and cultural mixture) in Mexico in an attempt to understand the politics of public recognition of racism. They argue that the Mexican case can offer some interesting lessons on processes of mixture and diversity, encounter and dealing with difference in Europe and beyond, by reflecting on the notion of mestizaje, which like creolization, has emanated from the Americas. This is particularly relevant as there are some analysts in Europe claiming that the flux and mélange of cultures, accompanied by a politics of recognition, is a recipe against racism. The relationships between discourses and experiences of official mestizaje, nationalism and notions of ‘race’ in Mexico prompt us to examine the problem of recognition and disavowal of racism. By looking at the approaches to racist discourse and practices in Mexico they explore the limitations and opportunities of public racial recognition and associated debates about ‘political correctness’ and identity politics framed by mestizaje dynamics. Drawing on a controversy around the Mexican children’s character Memín Pinguín, and on a similar controversy in the UK concerning the golliwog doll, this chapter engages with the disjunctions between ‘race’, nation and political projects, be they mestizaje or creolization.

Keywords:   Mestizaje, Mexico, Creolization, Memín Pinguín, Nation

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