Land without Gods: Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas

Land without Gods: Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas

by Jacques M. Chevalier, Daniel Buckles
     
 

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In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico's cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture…  See more details below

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In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico's cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. In the concluding chapter, an ascetic worldview illustrated through corn god mythology points to meaningful ways of countering current trends of social and ecological impoverishment.

This major work of scholarship tackles key issues in ecology and development, theories of the state, gender analysis and symbolic anthropology. Against rigid conceptions of capitalism and native society, the authors apply their own theory of process to the orderly and contradictory features of social history. Established ways of doing things - a mode of government, a way of livelihood, a kinship and narrative tradition - are shown to reflect the imposition of a ruling order, an unequal distribution of the proceeds of society, and the confrontation of classes and parties, genders and age-groups, spirits and humans struggling for power.

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An anthropological study of the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, examining the impact of Mexico's cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and the rainforest environment, and how national politics and economics impact native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. Also draws an approach to countering the current trends of social and ecological impoverishment from the corn god mythology. Paper edition (unseen), $29.95. Distributed in the US by Humanities Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781856493260
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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