Elmendorf, Mary L. (Mary Lindsay). Nine Mayan women: a village faces change

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Nine Mayan women: a village faces change

Published By: Original publisher Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Pub. Co.. 1976. xxiv, 159 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Mary Elmendorf

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cereal agriculture (243); Woven and other interworked fabrics (286); Clothing manufacture (294); Gender status (562); Marriage (580); Family (590); Conception (842);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a very personal study of Chan Kom in the early seventies prior to the building of the road which connected the village to the city of Merida. It focusses on the lives of nine women, all related to the village's patriarch. In the first part, Elmendorf provides an intimate portrait of each woman based on loosely structured interviews. She was interested in quality of life issues and how satisfied the women were with their lives. She relates their daily activities, life histories, courtship, family relationships and attitudes toward change. In the following section she analyzes the material. She discovers that the women are indeed happy and content with their lot. They value work and share a mutual respect with their husbands. Although the author is apprehensive about the coming of the road, the women look forward to it. However, after the road is built, the author returns to discover that only two of twenty unmarried women remain in the village, the others have left to work.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 17

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nv10-017

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: A revision of the author's thesis, Union Graduate School,1972, published under title: The Mayan woman and change Includes bibliographical references (p. 156-159)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1971-1973

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1971-1973

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Chan Kom, Yucatán, Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mayas


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