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

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This innovative anthropological study develops a theory of process and applies it to the Gulf Nahuas, descendants of the Aztecs and custodians of one of the last rainforests in Mexico. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the conflicts and contradictions of social history, looking at how institutions change in response to the imposition of a new ruling order, the unequal distribution of wealth, and the confrontation of classes and parties, genders and age-groups, spirits and humans. Its exploration of the ...
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Overview

This innovative anthropological study develops a theory of process and applies it to the Gulf Nahuas, descendants of the Aztecs and custodians of one of the last rainforests in Mexico. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the conflicts and contradictions of social history, looking at how institutions change in response to the imposition of a new ruling order, the unequal distribution of wealth, and the confrontation of classes and parties, genders and age-groups, spirits and humans. Its exploration of the impact of state power and the cattle and oil industries on native economics and ecology helps the reader to understand broader processes of underdevelopment and impoverishment.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856493253
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Plates and Maps
Glossary
Introduction 1
1 From Colonialism to Revolution 11
2 State Theory and Native History (1930-68) 40
3 Oil and Cattle Politics 70
4 The Economics of Maldevelopment 124
5 Agro-ecology and the Means of Destruction 168
6 Dynamics of the Patrimonial Domain 224
7 Seeds, Sex and the Aztecs 269
Conclusion: Theory and Praxis 337
Bibliography 349
Index 368
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