This book resulted from a seminar on technological mestizaje that took place in 1998 and 1999 in Mexico City at the Centro de Investigiones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). Scholars from a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, archaeology, and sociology) were invited to reflect on the theme of mestizaje in colonial Mexico as it especially relates to changes in technology. The strength of this book is that many of the authors have rethought earlier work in this field by scholars such as George Foster, Charles Gibson, Woodrow Borah, and others. A weakness is that the last two articles relate only marginally to the theme of technological mestizaje. The final chapter, by Margarita Menegus Bornemann, skillfully relates how the power of the native elite in central Mexico was diminished through the efforts of the crown and religious orders, but it adds little that is new to this discussion. Guy...

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