Press, Irwin. Tradition and adaptation: life in a modern Yucatan Maya village

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1 Introduction: The Theoretical Context

The Community

Redfield And The Folk Society

Toward A New Approach

The Part-society

The Context Of The Study

Notes

2 The Context: Pustunich As Part Of “wholes”

Notes

3 The Village: Setting And Overview

4 The Histories And Orientation To Change

History And Change

Politics And Leadership

Ritual And Religious Hierarchy

The Economic Past

Outside Contact

The Inside View: Myths And Miracles

History And Orientation To Change

Notes

5 Economic Life

The Milpa And Its Meaning

Wages, Cash Crops, And Entrepreneurship

Division Of Labor

Milpa Groups

Wealth Differentials

Pragmatics, Potential, And Continuity

Notes

6 Class And Identity

On Being Maya: Names, Mates, And Mobility

Dress And Life-style: A Different Kind Of Mobility

Identity: Inside And Outside

Notes

7 Becoming A Pustunicheño

Early Preparation

Courtship And Marriage

Maturity

Continuity And Orientation To Change

Notes

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8 Social Organization

Outside Contacts

Family

Households

Kinship, Family, And Behavior

Aid And Cooperation

Ritual Kinship

Village Interaction

Notes

9 Political Organization

The Official Setup

The Teachers: A New Type Of Village Role

The New System Gains Strength

Final Developments: Some Old And New Expectations

Note

10 Religious Organization And Well-being

The Two Traditions

Catholicism

Catholic Ritual And Participation

Major Ceremonial

Sex And Participation

Protestants

The Maya Sphere

Specialists And Participants

Supernatural Forces

Illness

Conclusions

Notes

11 In Retrospect: A Society Of Parts

Notes

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Title: Tradition and adaptation: life in a modern Yucatan Maya village

Published By: Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1975. xi, 224 p.: ill.

By line: Irwin Press

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

Culture: Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Public utilities (365); Status, role, and prestige (554); Ethnic stratification (563); Family (590); Community structure (621); Religious denominations (795);

Abstract: According to the author, Irwin Press, change has been a feature of peasant life for hundreds of years. Villagers have been able to accommodate change because theirs is a 'society of parts' and not a fragile, tightly knit integrated whole. Differences in gender, religion, ethnicity, and education are cleavages along which the forces of change can move without necessarily disrupting village life. Press shows how change is negotiated in terms of Ladino and Mestizo identities. He also discusses how the prestige and leadership of two professional teachers, who were born in the community, facilitated change.

Document Number: 19

Document ID: nv10-019

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references and index

Field Date: 1963-1968

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1963-1968

Coverage Place: Pustunich, Yucatan, Mexico

LCSH: Mayas

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