Loewe offers a contemporary look at a Maya community caught between tradition and modernity. He skilfully weaves the history of Mexico and this particular community into the analysis, offering a unique understanding of how one local community has faced the onslaught of modernization.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division|
|Series:||Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables ix
Introduction: Nationalism, Mestizaje, and Anthropology 1
Part I Organizing the Polity: Structures of Coercion and Control
Chapter 1 A Town in Yucatán: Maxcanú in Historical and Economic Perspective 15
Chapter 2 The Gremio System: The Social Organization of Religious Life 35
Chapter 3 Making Maya into Mestizo: Identity, Difference, and Cultura regional mestiza 59
Part II Critical Perspectives from Below
Chapter 4 Yucatán's Dancing Pig's Head (Cuch): Parody as a Weapon 81
Chapter 5 The Journey of Way Kot: Myth as Cultural Critique 103
Chapter 6 Caught in the Spirit: Possession, Prophecy, and Resistance 125
Conclusion: Linkages in the Global Economy 143
Appendix: The Tale of Way Kot: Four Versions 151
What People are Saying About This
Rarely do ethnographers take such a comprehensive and informed look at the places they work as Loewe has in this book. Based on more than 20 years of anthropological research, Mayan language studies, and an active engagement with local cultural and economic processes, this ethnography offers a panoramic view of Yucatán life, history, and politics—all through the very intimate lens of Maxcanú, a small community at the literal, and figurative, intersection of the global economy.
Walter Little, SUNY Albany
Pointing to the now familiar processes of strategic essentialism, revitalization of traditions, witchcraft, nostalgia, and resistance that often occur when modernity and indigeneity mix and meet, Maya or Mestizo? exposes the effects of the global economy on the local—the transformation of ritual to theater and the changing meaning of symbols.... Its accessible style and attention to the Mayas' irreverent humor will appeal to undergraduates. Linking parody with national patrimony, the Eagle Witch with commerce, and performance with the presentation of indigenous culture, it will also attract scholars of Latin America, Folklore, Anthropology, and Performance Studies.
Beverly Stoeltje, Indiana University
Rich. Insightful. Witty. A real pleasure to read and so well proportioned. A great introduction to life on the Yucatán peninsula today.
Paul R. Sullivan, author of Unfinished Conversations: Mayas and Foreigners between Two Wars and Xuxub Must Die: Lost Histories of a Murder on the Yucatan