The Role of Mestizaje of Surnames in Paraguay in the Creation of a Distinct New-World Ethnicity
Anthropology and Sociology
Most Paraguayans have Spanish, rather than indigenous, surnames. This paper argues that Guarani surnames have not simply been replaced, but have been incorporated into a mestizo naming system that is recognized as part of a distinct Paraguayan national ethnicity. The process by which surnames changed drew upon both the indigenous naming system and Paraguayan history and social structure to create a specific marker of ethnicity and social class.
Turner, C. B.,
(1993). The Role of Mestizaje of Surnames in Paraguay in the Creation of a Distinct New-World Ethnicity. Ethnohistory, 41(1), 139-165.
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