This intensive workshop takes a broad comparative and historical perspective on the roots of social exclusion and on the formation of the social contract in post-Independence Latin America.
The papers selected draw from a broad range of multidisciplinary perspectives, including economic and social history, geography, politics, sociology and anthropology, with a view toward exploring the role played by pre-Columbian and imperial institutions in setting the parameters for social structures in the region, and in the formation of the social contract. Among the questions we seek to explore are:
* In which ways did the new constitutions mark a significant break from the pre-Independence status quo?
* To what extent did the new constitutions articulate a new social contract?
* What scope was there for upward mobility, for whom, and how permanent?
The workshop closes with comparative perspectives: the experience of other regions in the Western Hemisphere (namely Canada); and the implications for economic exclusion during the 20th century.
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