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Decoupling and interlinking of formal and informal: an American colonial matrix

Article

French

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Abstract

The contrast between formal and informal activities prevalent in public images and policies in the early 21st century is a result of modern history that has separated and categorized individuals, activities and spaces. By studying a Mexican (New Spain) 18 th century iconographic corpus, the article shows that the dissociation of formal and informal activities was reproduced in the economic and domestic spheres as well as in public and private spaces. The dominant social categories are characterized by the functional differentiation of their spaces, while the lower orders are stigmatized by the impurity resulting from the empirical fuzziness of their ethnic origins and of their living and working places.

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