Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority, and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima

Univ of North Carolina Press, 18/05/2006 - 368 páginas
In a pioneering study of childhood in colonial Spanish America, Bianca Premo examines the lives of youths in the homes, schools, and institutions of the capital city of Lima, Peru. Situating these young lives within the framework of law and intellectual history from 1650 to 1820, Premo brings to light the colonial politics of childhood and challenges readers to view patriarchy as a system of power based on age, caste, and social class as much as gender.

Although Spanish laws endowed elite men with an authority over children that mirrored and reinforced the monarch's legitimacy as a colonial "Father King," Premo finds that, in practice, Lima's young often grew up in the care of adults--such as women and slaves--who were subject to the patriarchal authority of others. During the Bourbon Reforms, city inhabitants of all castes and classes began to practice a "new politics of the child," challenging men and masters by employing Enlightenment principles of childhood. Thus the social transformations and political dislocations of the late eighteenth century occurred not only in elite circles and royal palaces, Premo concludes, but also in the humble households of a colonial city.


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1 A Short History of Minority in Colonial Lima
Child Rearing and Adult Authority 16501750
Institutions for Child Rearing
Youth and Crime in the Eighteenth Century
Reform and Enlightenment in the Late Colonial Period
6 The New Politics of the Child in the Late Colonial Courts
7 The New Politics of the Slave Child in the Late Colonial Courts
Strange Ties and Interior Fears
Sample of the Numeración of 1700
Sample of Notary Contracts
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Página xiii - Tom's most well, now, and got his bullet around his neck on a watchguard for a watch, and is always seeing what time it is, and so there ain't nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I'da knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn'ta tackled it and ain't agoing to no more.

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Bianca Premo is associate professor of history at Florida International University.

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