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