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Author Loewe, Ronald

Title Maya or mestizo? : nationalism, modernity, and its discontents / Ronald Loewe

Publ Info Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  F1435.3.E72 L64 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript 202 pages ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Teaching culture : UTP ethnographies for the classroom
Teaching culture
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Nationalism, mestizaje, and anthropology -- Organizing the polity : structures of coercion and control -- A town in Yucatán : Maxcanú in historical and economic perspective -- The Gremio system : the social organization of religious life -- Making Maya into mestizo : identity, difference, and cultura regional mestiza -- Critical perspectives from below -- Yucatán's dancing pig's head (cuch) : parody as a weapon -- The journey of way kot : myth as cultural critique -- Caught in the spirit : possession, prophecy, and resistance -- Linkages in the global economy -- Appendix. : The tale of way kot : four versions
Note This multifaceted and beautifully written ethnography of Maxcanu, a small Maya town in the Yucatan region of Mexico, offers both an historical and a contemporary understanding of the way external pressures to modernize are often met with forms of resistance that are rooted in rituals and oral tradition. The Maya of the Yucatan have long been drawn into the Mexican state's attempt to create modern Mexican citizens (mestizos). They have also been drawn into the North American and global economy through agriculture and, more recently, tourism and US-based evangelical organizations. Despite the many pressures to turn Mayas into mestizos, the citizens of Maxcanu use subtle forms of resistance, including humour, satire, and language, to maintain aspects of their traditional identity. Maya or Mestizo? skilfully weaves the history of Mexico into a compelling tale of a community caught between tradition and modernity
Issued also in electronic format
Some text in Spanish with English translations
LC subject Mayas -- Ethnic identity
Mayas -- Social life and customs
Mayas -- Cultural assimilation -- Mexico -- Yucatán (State)
Social classes -- Mexico -- Yucatán (State)
Yucatán (Mexico : State) -- Social life and customs
Yucatán (Mexico : State) -- Religious life and customs
ISBN 9781442601413 (bound)
1442601418 (bound)
9781442601420 (pbk.)
1442601426 (pbk.)
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