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

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The world has two dominant images of the Maya: one as the builders of magnificent, but now ruined, temples and cities in the rainforests of Central America; the other as a militant peasantry, such as the Zapatistas of Chiapas, confronting the inequalities of the modern state. Maya activists draw quite explicitly on an historical consciousness of five hundred years of cultural resilience. North America: School for Advanced Research Press

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1 Introduction : emergent anthropologies and pluricultural ethnography in two postcolonial nations 3
2 Culture history in national contexts : nineteenth-century Maya under Mexican and Guatemalan rule 35
3 Linguistic continuities and discontinuities in the Maya area 67
4 The Summer Institute of Linguistics and the politics of Bible translation in Mexico : convergence, appropriation, and consequence 95
5 "Everything has begun to change" : appraisals of the Mexican state in Chiapas Maya discourse, 1980-2000 127
6 Beyond resistance and protest : the Maya quest for autonomy 163
7 Rereading Tzotzil ethnography : recent scholarship from Chiapas, Mexico 199
8 Angering the ancestors : transnationalism and economic transformation of Maya communities in Western Guatemala 231
9 The Janus face of globalization : economic production and cultural reproduction in highland Guatemala 257
10 Continuities, imputed and inferred 291
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