Endangered Peoples of Latin America: Struggles to Survive and Thrive

Endangered Peoples of Latin America: Struggles to Survive and Thrive

by Susan C. Stonich
     
 

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Rare insight on how some of Latin America's indigenous and marginalized groups struggle to survive and thrive.

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Rare insight on how some of Latin America's indigenous and marginalized groups struggle to survive and thrive.

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VOYA
In thirteen chapters authored by eminent anthropologists and educators, this volume takes a close look at various Latin American indigenous or marginalized groups whose survival in today's world is at stake. Among these endangered groups are the Kuna of Panama, the Villagers at the edge of Mexico City, the Awa of Ecuador, the English-speaking Bay Islanders of Honduras, and the Quechua of the Peruvian Andes. These groups, as well as others mentioned, have attained a degree of success in maintaining their traditional cultures and ancestral way of life. Nevertheless they face mounting social, economic, and environmental pressures, not only from the outside world but also from within, as internal divisive factions get in the way of a solid, unified front to preserve their ancient ways, coexist in an increasingly demanding modern society, and confront an uncertain future. Each chapter addresses the individual group's problems and provides a cultural overview that includes the various threats to its existence as well as the efforts to survive culturally. The chapters end with probing questions about the issues covered, source notes, a resource guide, Web sites, and in some cases, lists of videos, films, and support organizations where available. Part of the thought-provoking Endangered Peoples of the World series, this comprehensive, informative book is mainly for the mature teen with a serious interest in anthropology in general and in Latin American cultures and social issues in particular. Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Greenwood, 264p. PLB $45. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Delia A. Culberson SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
Booknews
Based upon recent fieldwork, 13 contributions from anthropologists describe conditions facing indigenous and marginalized groups in Mexico, Central America, and South America. They discuss the negative effects of globalization on local economies and environments, on health and nutrition, and on control of land and other natural resources. Some of the groups profiled include the Mayans of Central Quintana Roo in Mexico, artisanal fisherfolk of the Gulf of Fonseca, the Kuna of Panama, and the Quechua of the Peruvian Andes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313016547
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Greenwood Press Endangered Peoples of the World Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

SUSAN C. STONICH is Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara./e

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