Women And Alcohol In A Highland Maya Town / Edition 2

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This pioneering ethnography looks at women and drinking in the Highland Chiapas, Mexico, community of San Pedro Chenalhó to address the issues of women's identities, roles, relationships, and sources of power. In a new epilogue, Christine Eber describes how events of the last decade, including the Zapatista uprising, have strengthened women's resolve to gain greater control over their lives by controlling the effects of alcohol in the community.

"Eber combines a sensitive, reflexive style of writing, to create a powerful and insightful account of the changing uses of alcohol among Mayan women. The result is a text that is ethnographically rich and theoretically challenging. Alcoholism is much more than a substance abuse issue, it is embedded in social, gender, and ethnic relations"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

Latin American Indian Literatures Journal
Women and Alcohol is a book worth reading.... The book's informal tone and interesting topic make it appealing to a wide audience, including casual readers and undergraduate classes. Furthermore, Eber's cross-cultural insight into alcohol dependency is relevant not only for anthropologists but also for health care professionals and others who deal with substance abuse.
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
In this well-written ethnography, Christine Eber weaves together the critical issues of gender relations, religious change, domestic violence, and drinking in highland Chiapas.... This is a fine ethnography that is a must-read for all interested in gender relations in contemporary Latin America. It is also one of the best current discussions on the little-studied phenomenon of religious change in Mexico.... Eber also provides a wonderful model of how to write a readable ethnography that treats its subjects with dignity and respect and honestly integrates the trials and tribulations of the ethnographer in the process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292721043
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Major Characters
On Translations and Aids to Reading This Book
1. Frameworks and Methods
2. The Time of Suffering: Pedranos, Ladinos, and Rum
3. I Have Come: Crazy February
4. Making One's Soul Arrive: Child Rearing and Household Relations
5. "Before God's flowery face": The Feast of St. Peter
6. "Now I am going like a branch and its leaves": Drinkers and Their Families
7. Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow: A Processual Framework on Drinking
8. "Beneath God's flowery hands and feet": Shamans' Cures for Problem Drinking
9. "It's time to change": Mestizoization and Drinking
10. "For ye are bought with a price": Traditions, Religions, and Drinking
11. "Today we say: Enough!": New Voices, New Collective Action
12. Conclusion
List of the Martyrs at Acteal
A. Traditional Pedrano Gods
B. Non-Traditional Healing in Chenalhó
C. Brief History of Presbyterianism in Chenalhó
D. Revelation 21:3-8
Index of Major Characters
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