Civilizational designs: The architecture of colonialism in the native parishes of Potosi
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
First Committee Member
Steve Stein, Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Thomas A. Abercrombie, Committee Member
This dissertation illustrates the complexity of the cultural and social impact of native resettlement by focusing on ecclesiastical architecture and native cofradias, areas in which Spaniards profoundly affected the everyday life of natives in colonial Potosi. I contend that architectural forms and space served not only as places of worship but as a means of inculcating new cultural habits, new understandings of space and time, through which indigenous cultural patterns were radically transformed. I also demonstrate that natives who resided in the parishes used originally religious Spanish institutions, in particular the cofradia organization, and their experience of parish life in Potosi to adapt and appropriate colonial impositions for their particular needs. Through their participation in these organizations, they creatively reinforced community solidarity, relative autonomy, and social recognition.
History, Latin American
Sordo, Emma Maria, "Civilizational designs: The architecture of colonialism in the native parishes of Potosi" (2000). Dissertations from ProQuest. 3819.