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


2 The Context: Pustunich As Part Of “wholes”


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


5 Economic Life

The Milpa And Its Meaning

Wages, Cash Crops, And Entrepreneurship

Division Of Labor

Milpa Groups

Wealth Differentials

Pragmatics, Potential, And Continuity


6 Class And Identity

On Being Maya: Names, Mates, And Mobility

Dress And Life-style: A Different Kind Of Mobility

Identity: Inside And Outside


7 Becoming A Pustunicheño

Early Preparation

Courtship And Marriage


Continuity And Orientation To Change


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8 Social Organization

Outside Contacts



Kinship, Family, And Behavior

Aid And Cooperation

Ritual Kinship

Village Interaction


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


10 Religious Organization And Well-being

The Two Traditions


Catholic Ritual And Participation

Major Ceremonial

Sex And Participation


The Maya Sphere

Specialists And Participants

Supernatural Forces




11 In Retrospect: A Society Of Parts


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

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

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Irwin Press

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 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 19

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. nv10-019

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: Includes bibliographical references and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1963-1968

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). 1963-1968

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mayas


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