Very often clichés appear in book reviews. One most commonly stated about edited volumes is that the essays published therein are uneven in quality. This cliché certainly applies to the volume reviewed here. The book contains essays five essays, first presented at a 1999 conference on mestizaje organized by the Instituto de Estudios Indígenas of the Universidad de La Frontera. Conference organizers and editors Guillaume Boccara and Sylvia Galindo added a sixth essay to the collection because it fit within the general theme.

The six essays span a wide spectrum of time and themes. Boccara explores what he calls “La antropología diacrónica: Dinamicas culturales, procesos historicos y poder político.” The author argues that acculturation was not a linear process going from point A to point B, but a more complex phenomenon. Cultural mestizaje is not distinct from cultural change among indigenous peoples, who are not static. Carmen Bernand outlines the...

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