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The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico

Matthew D. O'Hara


Going against the grain of most existing scholarship, this book explores the archives of colonial Mexico to uncover a history of “futuremaking.” While historians and historical anthropologists of Latin America have long focused on historical memory, this book rejects this approach and its assumptions about time experience. Ranging widely across economic, political, and cultural practices, the book reveals how colonial subjects used the resources of tradition and Catholicism to craft new futures.

Keywords: colonial Mexico, Latin America, colonial subjects, tradition, Catholicism, futuremaking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300233933
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300233933.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew D. O'Hara, author
University of California, Santa Cruz