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Tecpan Guatemala

A Modern Maya Town In Global And Local Context, 1st Edition

By Edward F Fischer, Carol Hendrickson


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This case study of a highland Guatemala town examines what it means to be Maya in a rapidly changing and globalized world. In providing an historical synopsis of the Kaqchikel Maya from pre-Columbian and Colonial times to the present day, this volume focuses on the dynamics of clutural boundaries in light of the use of the Kaqchikel language versus

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Tecpan -- The Guatemalan Context -- Maya Histories -- Natural Disaster, Political Violence, and Cultural Resurgence -- Kaqchikel Hearts, Souls, and Selves: Competing Religions and Worldviews -- Language, Dress, and Identity -- The Land and Its Fruits: Cultural Associations in Changing Economic Times -- Conclusion: Tecpan Maya in the Contemporary World

About the Authors

Edward F Fischer is professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Cultural Logics and Global Economics and the series editor for the Westview Case Studies in Anthropology. Carol Hendrickson is professor of anthropology at Marlboro College and is the author of Weaving Identities.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General