Cultural Capital: Mountain Zapotec Migrant Associations in Mexico City

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This book shows how Zapotec peasants migrating to Mexico City utilize paisanazgo—which prescribes solidarity among people from the same locale—as the basis for cooperation and mutual aid within a new environment. This study focuses on three groups of Mountain Zapotecs to explain why migrant associations were created and why they took different forms, citing regional variations in ethnicity, solidarity, occupational pursuits, and sociopolitical articulation to the nation in the ...

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Overview

This book shows how Zapotec peasants migrating to Mexico City utilize paisanazgo—which prescribes solidarity among people from the same locale—as the basis for cooperation and mutual aid within a new environment. This study focuses on three groups of Mountain Zapotecs to explain why migrant associations were created and why they took different forms, citing regional variations in ethnicity, solidarity, occupational pursuits, and sociopolitical articulation to the nation in the three points of origin.

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An ethnographic study of social solidarity, cooperation, and mutual aid among people from the same mountain villages who had migrated to Mexico City. Describes the area of Oaxaca where the village is, the territorial and administrative bases of the associations, motives for migration, and the different characteristics of the three communities studied. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816513772
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Series: PROFMEX
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, an anthropologist, is the George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress & Community and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Migrants and Associations 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Paisanazgo and Migrant Associations 10
Pt. II Mountain Zapotec Life in the Region and the Capital 25
3 The Rural-Urban Interface 27
4 The Communities of Origin 41
5 Patterns of Out-Migration 63
6 The Regional Bases of Migrant Social Relations 82
Pt. III Interpretations 109
7 Ethnographic Analysis 111
8 Conclusion 123
Reference Material 131
Notes 133
Bibliography 141
Index 153
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