Pluralizing Ethnography: Comparison and Representation in Maya Cultures, Histories, and Identities

Pluralizing Ethnography: Comparison and Representation in Maya Cultures, Histories, and Identities

by John M. Watanabe, Richard G. Fox, Gary H. Gossen, Christine A. Kray
     
 

ISBN-10: 1930618352

ISBN-13: 9781930618350

Pub. Date: 04/15/2004

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

This volume brings together eight Maya specialists and a prominent anthropological theorist as discussant to assess the contrasting historical circumstances and emerging cultural futures of Maya in Mexico and Guatemala. Rather than presume a romanticized, timeless Maya culture-or the globalized predicaments of transnationalized Maya imaginings-this seminar took its

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This volume brings together eight Maya specialists and a prominent anthropological theorist as discussant to assess the contrasting historical circumstances and emerging cultural futures of Maya in Mexico and Guatemala. Rather than presume a romanticized, timeless Maya culture-or the globalized predicaments of transnationalized Maya imaginings-this seminar took its cue from contemporary Maya cultural activists who derive their enduring sense of Mayan-ness from a historical consciousness of five hundred years of cultural resilience. The contributors evaluate the history of Maya peoples and Maya anthropology by examining language, religion, political attitudes and activism, ethnographic traditions, and the relationship between economic change, migration, and cultural identity.

In comparing Maya peoples across Mexico and Guatemala, the contributors' emphasis on culture recovers intermediate linkages between the personal and the political, the local and the global. Their work enables a controlled cross-cultural comparison across national boundaries and histories that in turn illuminates the articulation between locally constructed meanings and global transformations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618350
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Series:
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : emergent anthropologies and pluricultural ethnography in two postcolonial nations3
2Culture history in national contexts : nineteenth-century Maya under Mexican and Guatemalan rule35
3Linguistic continuities and discontinuities in the Maya area67
4The Summer Institute of Linguistics and the politics of Bible translation in Mexico : convergence, appropriation, and consequence95
5"Everything has begun to change" : appraisals of the Mexican state in Chiapas Maya discourse, 1980-2000127
6Beyond resistance and protest : the Maya quest for autonomy163
7Rereading Tzotzil ethnography : recent scholarship from Chiapas, Mexico199
8Angering the ancestors : transnationalism and economic transformation of Maya communities in Western Guatemala231
9The Janus face of globalization : economic production and cultural reproduction in highland Guatemala257
10Continuities, imputed and inferred291

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