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Anthropological Perspectives on Rural Mexico

1st Edition

By Cynthia Hewitt de Alcántara


236 pages

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In this title, first published in 1984, the author examines the social and political forces surrounding the practice of anthropology at different periods in the history of Mexico since 1917. She does this by analysing and tracing the development of competing anthropological perspectives, from ethnographic particularism and functionalism through indigenismo, cultural ecology, Marxism and the dependency paradigm, to the historical structuralism of the 1970s.

This book provides the basis for a systematic analysis of peasant studies in Mexico, and discusses in stimulating terms the theoretical and empirical difficulties of the profession of anthropology itself.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Particularism, Marxism and Functionalist in Mexican Anthropology, 1920-50 2. A Dialogue on Ethnic Conflict: Indigenismo and Functionalism, 1950-70 3. Cultural Ecology, Marxism and the Development of a Theory of the Peasantry, 1950-70 4. Anthropology and the Dependency Paradigm in Mexico, 1960-75 5. Historical Structuralism and the Fate of the Peasantry, 1970-80 6. Conclusions; Notes; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Rural History

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 1990, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the rural history and provide an examination of related key issues. The volumes examine social change in rural communities approaching the industrial revolution, whilst also providing an overview of the history of rural populations in England, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States. This set will be of particular interest to students of history, business and economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General