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  1. Of Beasts and Beauty: Gender, Race, and Identity in Colombia
    Of Beasts and Beauty: Gender, Race, and Identity in Colombia
    Of Beasts and Beauty: Gender, Race, and Identity in Colombia
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  2. Of Beasts and Beauty: Gender, Race, and Identity in Colombia

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All societies around the world and through time value beauty highly. Tracing the evolutions of the Colombian standards of beauty since 1845, Michael Edward Stanfield explores their significance to and symbiotic relationship with violence and inequality in the country. Arguing that beauty holds not only social power but also economic and political power, he positions it as a pacific and inclusive influence in a country “ripped apart by violence, private armies, seizures of land, and abuse of governmental authority, one hoping that female beauty could save it from the ravages of the male beast.” One specific means of obscuring those harsh realities is the beauty pageant, of which Colombia has over 300 per year. Stanfield investigates the ways in which these pageants reveal the effects of European modernity and notions of ethnicity on Colombian women, and how beauty for Colombians has become an external representation of order and morality that can counter the pathological effects of violence, inequality, and exclusion in their country.

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Michael Edward Stanfield
University of Texas Press
University of Texas Press
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
University of Texas Press
University of Texas Press
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Prof. Stanfield takes readers through a literary odyssey in Colombia's socio-economic and political history, many elements of which I missed when living there for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1960s. HIs time period goes back to 1825, when the country's total population was 1.3 million--35% of them Indian. Today, it is 47+ million, with less than 6% as Indian. The beasts of civil war and political violence went hand in hand when eight civil wars rocked the country between 1831-1902. Fourteen civil wars broke out over the same period. In the first half of the 20th Century, bipartisan governance dominated the political scene, quieting the beast. Ominously, this period ushered in the next era of Colombian history: La Violencia. The Liberal leader, Jorge Gaitan was assassinated in 1948, igniting the flash point of civil war with Conservatives. In the book "La Violencia en Colombia", sociologist Orlando Fals Borda wrote: "it was a lone act which... Read more
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