Zapotec Stoneworkers: The Dynamics of Rural Simple Commodity Production in Modern Mexican Capitalism

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An analytical study of rural craft industry in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico that produces metates or grindstones to supply a traditional regional demand which, like its object commodities, is an aspect of pre-capitalist economy. An analytical study of rural craft industry in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico that produces metates or grindstones to supply a traditional regional demand which, like its object commodities, is an aspect of pre-capitalist economy. The metate (grindstone), with its companion mano (stone ...
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Overview

An analytical study of rural craft industry in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico that produces metates or grindstones to supply a traditional regional demand which, like its object commodities, is an aspect of pre-capitalist economy. An analytical study of rural craft industry in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico that produces metates or grindstones to supply a traditional regional demand which, like its object commodities, is an aspect of pre-capitalist economy. The metate (grindstone), with its companion mano (stone rolling pin), is unique among a series of commodities invented in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica that combine use, exchange, and symbolic values and are still manufactured, sold, and used. Zapotec Stoneworkers is the first and only detailed ethnography that explains and analyzes all aspects of the production, exchange, and use of metates and manos in rural twentieth-century Mexico. It incorporates interview and case study material of metateros (metate makers), their households, and communities, as well as extensive empirical data regarding output, pricing, and marketing in the metate industry of the Oaxaca Valley in southern Mexico.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Anthropological Research
This book should be required reading for any anthropologist, economist, or social scientist interested in specialized craft production, peasant society, or Latin America in general...
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...usefully comprehensive and thought-provoking...
CHOICE - Sutti Ortiz
An excellent detailed study of a mixed peasant production strategy....timely...
CHOICE - Ralph L. Beals
...a most successful demonstration empirically of Scott's efforts to utilize classical economic theory.
Journal Of Anthropological Research
This book should be required reading for any anthropologist, economist, or social scientist interested in specialized craft production, peasant society, or Latin America in general...
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...a most successful demonstration empirically of Scott's efforts to utilize classical economic theory.
— Ralph L. Beals, University of California, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819124203
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/14/1982
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Cook is Professor Anthropology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He is a member of the executive board of the Society for Economic Anthropology and a fellow of the American Anthropological Association.
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