Book

Life in a Mexican village: Tepoztlán restudied

University of Illinois PressUrbana • Published In 1951 • Pages:

By: Lewis, Oscar.

Abstract
As the subtitle indicates, this work reports the results of a restudy of the same community introduced by Redfield (see document No. 1, this collection). The author, as principal investigator, had the aid and cooperation of a team of graduate anthropology students, agronomists, doctors, psychological testers, and government officials. He and his associates spent a total of about one year in the community, at intervals between 1943 and 1948. This study consciously builds on and complements that of Redfield, emphasizing those aspects of the culture not thoroughly explored in the earlier study: land problems, agriculture, wealth, politics, life cycle and interpersonal relations. The 20-year period between studies brought changes in the community, field techniques, research interests, and the opportunities to build on a predecessor's work; the author recognizes these changes in analyzing Redfield's work and that of his own team. This is a very thorough presentation supported by much historical, statistical and psychological data.
Subjects
Community structure
Tillage
Real property
Accumulation of wealth
Puberty and initiation
Political movements
Inter-community relations
Household
Family relationships
Status, role, and prestige
Production and supply
Local officials
General character of religion
Congregations
Ingroup antagonisms
Sociocultural trends
culture
Nahua
HRAF PubDate
2010
Region
Middle America and the Caribbean
Sub Region
Central Mexico
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
George R. Bedell ; 1964-1965 ; Teferi Abate Adem; 2008
Coverage Date
1943-1948
Coverage Place
Mexico
Notes
Oscar Lewis ; with drawings by Alberto Beltrán
Includes bibliographical references (p. 495-501)
LCCN
51011683
LCSH
Nahuas--Social life and customs/ Ethnology--Mexico/ Tepoztlán, Mexico/Mexico--Social life and customs