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Ashley E. Kerr, “Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)” (Vanderbilt UP, 2020) (2020)


Analyzing a wide variety of late-nineteenth-century sources, Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910) (Vanderbilt University Press, 2020) argues that Argentine scientific projects of the era were not just racial encounters, but were also conditioned by sexual relationships in all their messy, physical reality. The writers studied here (an eclectic group of scientists, anthropologists, and novelists, including Estanislao Zeballos, Lucio and Eduarda Mansilla, Ramón Lista, and Florence Dixie reflect on Indigenous sexual practices, analyze the advisability and effects of interracial sex, and use the language of desire to narrate encounters with Indigenous peoples as they try to scientifically pinpoint Argentina’s racial identity and future potential. Kerr’s reach extends into history of science, literary studies, and history of anthropology, illuminating a scholarly time and place in which the lines betwixt were much blurrier, if they existed at all. Ashley E. Kerr is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Idaho.

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Authors & Contributors
Staum, Martin S.
Stein, Melissa Norelle
Sommer, Matthew H.
Williams, Joyce E.
MacLean, Vicky M.
Jones, Jeannette Eileen
American Quarterly
Canadian Journal of History
History of Education Quarterly
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Environment and History
Stanford University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
College of William and Mary
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
University of Notre Dame
Science and gender
Science and race
Durkheim, Émile
Cope, Edward Drinker
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Hall, Granville Stanley
Lehmann-Nitsche, Roberto
Dixie, Florence
United States
South America
19th century
20th century, early
18th century

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