Re Cruz, Alicia, 1962-. The two milpas of Chan Kom: scenarios of a Maya village life

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Chapter 1 A Community “in Crisis”

Book Outline

Chapter 2 Community, Ethnographer, And The Ethnography: A Search For Models

The Ethnographer And Field Experience

First Encounters: The Courtship With The Cultural “other”

Understanding A Community In Crisis: Symbols In Action And Action Through Symbols

Community, Ethnic Identity, And Peasant Economy

The Legacy Of Peasant Community Studies Applied To Mexican Anthropology

Other Peasant Studies In Yucatán

Conclusion: Community And The Interactive Approach At Work

Chapter 3 The Political Era: Modern Times And The Winds Of Transformation

The Community: The Crisis At Work

Power And Authority Crisis: La Democracia Comes To Chan Kom

The Environmental Crisis: Gilberto, El Arrancamonte 14

The Setting: Chan Kom's Lean Cows

Conclusion: Symbols At Work

Chapter 4 One Community And Two Worlds

Los Antiguos De Chan Kom

“la Santa Cruz Que Jesús Nos Dejó Para Que Le Acordáramos” (“the Holy Cross That Jesus Gave Us To Remember Him”). (don Juanjo, Chan Kom)

Don Chano, A Social Profile: From Thief To “holy Man”

A Reflection On Los Antiguos In The Light Of Don Chano's Social Profile

Los De Cancún Maya Of Chan Kom: Don Lillo, A Social Profile

The Modern Uayes

The Celebration Of La Virgen De Fátima (the Virgin Of Fátima): Los De Cancún's Social Profile At Work.

Saints As Expressing Forces Of Competition

Conclusion: Milpa, The Sacred And Profane Of Maya Identity

Chapter 5 From Milperío To Pueblo

Chan Kom, A Milperío

¡con Milpas Y Casas, Ya Somos Un Pueblo! (with Milpas And Houses, We Are Already A Village!)

The Milperío And The Initiation Of The Milpa Mode Of Production

Cattle And Milpa Production: The Advancements Of Protestantism

“la Gran Problema Vino Cuando Esos Cabrones Quisieron Quitar Nuestra Religión” (the Big Problem Came When Those Bastards Tried To Take Away Our Religion). (don Juanjo, Chan Kom)

Conclusion: A Religious Discourse For The Milpa Mode Of Production

Chapter 6 Social Diversity In Chan Kom's Milpas

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La Milpa Es Vida. El Maiz No Se Puede Vender Porque Es Vida (milpa Is Life. Corn Cannot Be Sold Because It Is Life)

The Pieces Of Chan Kom Within The Social Halves

The Poor: Rural Subsistence And Survival In The City

Peasants, The Rural Proletarians

The Mucuy: The Rural-urban Proletarians

Los Ricos: The Old Caciques And The New Bourgeoisie.

Old Caciques, Rural Capitalists

New Bourgeoisie

New Traditionalists

Cancún, The Other Milpa

Upper Class: The Pioneer Urban Milperos

The Lower Class. The Mucuy And Permanent Migrants

A Concluding Note

Chapter 7 Images Of A Maya Community In The Postmodern World.

Cancún: The Transnationalization Of Money And Culture

The Implosion Of Chan Kom Into Cancún

The Implosion Of Cancún Into Chan Kom


Chapter 8 Conclusion: No Hay Novedad

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Title: The two milpas of Chan Kom: scenarios of a Maya village life

Published By: Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. xi, 203 p.: ill.

By line: Alicia Re Cruz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Internal migration (166); Cereal agriculture (243); Settlement patterns (361); Classes (565); Political parties (665);

Abstract: This book asks what does it mean to be Mayan in the 20th century? It is the story of two political factions in the town of Chan Kom: 'los Antiguos' and 'los de Cancún'. The former live in Chan Kom and maintain a traditional way of life, working their cornfields, or MILPAS, and carrying out the traditional rituals. The latter are migrants living and working in the tourist colossus of Cancún. Los Antiguos claim that they are the true Mayan's because they work in the milpas, however, los de Cancún argue that Cancún is a modern-day milpa and they too are true Mayans. Re Cruz documents the history of this split and how this political and social division has become inscribed in the town's urban ecology. She also reveals the class structure of both factions, in which the elite benefit financially from the political and social division.

Document Number: 15

Document ID: nv10-015

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-198) and index

Field Date: 1986-1990

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1880-1990

Coverage Place: Chan Kom, Yucatán and Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

LCSH: Mayas


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