“Language, Discipline, and Power: The Extirpation of Idolatry and Indigenous Resistance in Colonial Peru” is a comparative study of the Inquisition and the Extirpation of Idolatry in Colonial Peru. This research project draws out the differences between the two judicial institutions and determines how these differences led to varying levels of success in terms of enforcement and achievement of the main goals of these institutions. While there are many differences between the Inquisition and the Extirpation of Idolatry, the main focus of this project involves an investigation into how language and linguistic terminology served to reinforce and legitimize Spanish notions of power and “normality,” and how this impacted the indigenous “other” differently than those of European descent in colonial Peru.



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