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By Edward F. Fischer

ISBN-10: 0292725302

ISBN-13: 9780292725300

As principles, items, and folks circulation with expanding ease and pace throughout nationwide obstacles and geographic distances, the commercial alterations and technological advances that allow this globalisation also are sarcastically contributing to the balkanisation of states, ethnic teams, and precise curiosity events. Exploring how this approach is enjoying out in Guatemala, this publication provides an cutting edge synthesis of the neighborhood and worldwide elements that experience led GuatemalaaEURO(t)s indigenous Maya peoples to say and safeguard their cultural id and uniqueness in the dominant Hispanic society. Drawing on contemporary theories from cognitive experiences, interpretative ethnography, and political economic climate, Edward F. Fischer seems at person Maya activists and native cultures, in addition to altering nationwide and overseas strength family, to appreciate how ethnic identities are built and expressed within the smooth global. on the worldwide point, he indicates how structural shifts in diplomacy have opened new venues of ethnic expression for GuatemalaaEURO(t)s majority Maya inhabitants. on the neighborhood point, he examines the methods of identification building in Kaqchikel Maya cities, TecpA!n and PatzA * n, and exhibits how divergent neighborhood norms lead to various conceptions and expressions of Maya-ness, which still percentage definite primary similarities with the bigger pan-Maya venture. Tying those degrees of study jointly, Fischer argues that open-ended Maya aEUROoecultural logicsaEURO the ways that Maya members (national leaders and rural lots alike) creatively convey their id in a speedily altering international. Edward F. Fischer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt collage.

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In Guatemala’s national hierarchy of towns, Patzu´ n is a pueblo (town) of the second order, whereas Tecpa´ n enjoys the honorary status of ciudad (city). ’’ Guatemala’s Instituto Nacional de Estadı´stica (INE) calculates the 1994 population of the entire municipality of Tecpa´ n at 41,152 and that of Patzu´ n at 32,563, both representing substantial yet unexplained drops from INE’s own 1990 estimates (INE 1991, 1996). 9% Indian). 3 percent of Tecpanecos claimed Indian identity. This variation may be partly explained by the permeability of the categories ‘‘Indian’’ and ‘‘ladino’’; so fluid are the categories that certain individuals are able to ‘‘pass’’ in either one, depending on social circumstances and contextually defined self-interest (cf.

It is estimated that 85 percent of the town’s structures were damaged and over three hundred residents killed. 4). It is said that the facade and outer walls of the church alone survived, rising up from among the rubble to provide a landmark from which to gain one’s bearings. Some explain the resilience of the church building by recounting a story of its construction. It is said that when the church was first built, one Maya artisan was buried alive in each of its four corners. Akin to the Classic Maya earth gods who hold up the four corners of the earth, the unfortunate workers interred in the church support the structure pg 36 # 6 Name /T1732/T1732_CH02 08/22/01 06:15AM Plate # 0-Composite Tecpa´ n after the 1976 earthquake.

Thus, the past is seen as ‘‘the past’’ only insofar as it lives at the moment, and the new makes sense only insofar as it relates to, builds on, or contrasts with the old or traditional. ) As Hendrickson suggests, cultural actors’ self-interests and the ways they see fit to pursue them are variably conceived in relation to received cultural forms and normative patterns. It is useful here to recall Pierre Bourdieu’s discussion of the containing nature of the doxa, which he defines as ‘‘the aggregate of the ‘choices’ whose subject is everyone and no one because the questions they answer cannot be explicitly asked’’ (1977 : 168).

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