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Ensconced in the tight kinship network of a local household in Oaxaca, Mexico, the author embarked on a challenging study of a radical ethnic political movement, COCEI. An anthropologist who married a Zapotec Women, the author chronicles his fieldwork in this memoir. His research is interwoven with his personal experiences, addressing the political and ethical dilemmas of contemporary ethnography. Campbell's informants are internationally known politicians, poets, and painters who live in Juchitán, a large city controlled by indigenous activists.
While adopting aspects of the postmodern critique of ethnography, the author proposes and illustrates a collaborative form of research based on partisan political commitment. Through a candid and intimate account, he portrays his informants and research site, and his direct involvement in Zapotec society. The book is both a highly readable ethnography of Southern Mexico and a contribution to debates about current anthropology.
|Ch. 1||An Anthropologist in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec||17|
|Ch. 2||Fieldwork in Juchitan and San Blas||25|
|Ch. 3||Zapotec Community and Family Life||51|
|Ch. 4||COCEI Radical Politics||75|
|Ch. 5||Zapotec Cultural Movement||99|
|Ch. 6||An End and a Beginning||119|