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Forging Communities in Colonial Alta California

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About the Book:

This book reorients understandings of the dynamic colonial period in Alta California, which challenged both Native and non-Native people to reimagine communities not only in different places and spaces but also in novel forms and practices. The contributors draw on archaeological and historical archival sources to analyze the generative processes and nature of communities of belonging in the face of rapid demographic change and perceived or enforced difference. With nine different case studies and an insightful epilogue, this book offers analyses that can be applied broadly across the Americas, deepening our understanding of colonialism and community.


About the Author:

Kathleen L. Hull is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced. Her research focuses on small-scale societies, including study of the cultural and demographic impact of colonial encounters on native people of North America.

Kathleen L. Hull and John G. Douglass