Anthropological Pespectives on Rural Mexico. First Edition in dustjacket


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HEWITT DE ALCANTARA, Cynthia. Anthropological Pespectives on Rural Mexico. London, Boston, Melbourne and Henley : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1984). First Edition. Pp (8),[ix]-xiv,[1]-224,(2),[1]-15,(1). Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Cynthia Hewitt de Alcantara examines me?social and political forces surrounding the practice of anthropology at ditterent 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 tunctionalism through indigenismo, cultural ecology, Marxism and the dependency paradigm, to the historical structuralism of the 1970s. Dr Hewitt de Alcantara describes how, from the early twentiethcentury onwards, rural Mexico has been the laboratory within which generat ions of anthropologists have attempted to understand the distinctive characteristics of rural livelihood in a multi-ethnic setting. She points out that, whether Mexican or foreign, none has been a member of the local society under consideration. They have all, as outsiders, entered the field with certain preconceptions concerning relevant areas of enquiry, and have captured in their work that part of the human condition which their training and world view allowed them to see. This partial understanding is linked to policy prescriptions guiding government action at different times during the post-revolutionary period. The book provides the basis for a systematic analysis of peasant studies in Mexico, and discusses in stimulating terms the theoretical ana empirical difficulties of the profession of anthropology itself." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. Introduction. 1. Particularism, Marxism and functionalism 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. Sunning to cloth edges, ink namestamp to flyleaf and fore-edge, else very good in price-clipped dusjacket. 30.00

Title: Anthropological Pespectives on Rural Mexico. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: HEWITT DE ALCANTARA, Cynthia

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Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1984, ISBN:0710099231:

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