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Hu, Di

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Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Johns Hopkins U.
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Hu, Dr. Di, Johns Hopkins U., Baltimore, MD - To aid research and writing on 'Escape To Rebellion: Labor And Landscapes Of Resistance In Colonial Peru' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Preliminary abstract: This book seeks to clarify the relationship between forms of resistance and the organization of social relationships over the wider landscape of laborers in the Inca and Spanish colonial periods. Using the textile workshop community of Pomacocha as the primary case study, this book argues that over the course of four hundred years (1440-1840), laborers worked against the divide-and-rule state strategies of control and engendered cosmopolitan and geographically expansive social networks. The laborers broke down the divided social landscapes of the Inca and early Spanish colonial period using a variety of resistance strategies, most of which did not involve armed revolt or rebellion. The cultural rapprochement of daily life, expansion of ritual horizons, geographically expansive kinship networks, and the ever increasing frequency of coordinated political action promoted cosmopolitan landscapes. As the cosmopolitan social landscapes matured in the late colonial period (1740-1821), local revolts became ever more coordinated and liable to spread. My main scholarly contribution in this book project is to trace systematically the networks of social cohesion that the economies of the Andean textile workshops, in particular, had created and reinforced over a long time. Instead of emphasizing short-term policy change, which was often contradictory and ineffectual, I trace the long-term evolution of social landscapes. The spatial dimensions of social cohesion over the landscape and its evolution are crucial to understanding the timing and nature of coordinated revolts and rebellions. Generally, the more geographically expansive and multi-caste a social network was, the more successful resistance was.