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Exits from the labyrinth : culture and ideology in the Mexican national space /
Claudio Lomnitz-Adler.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
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x, 386 p.
ISBN
0520077881
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
isbn
0520077881
catalogue key
3021492
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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"One of the most original and comprehensive treatments of the topic of Mexican nationalism that exists. . . . No book combines the theoretical breadth and the empirical depth of this one."--Henry A. Selby, University of Texas, Austin "Rich, detailed, and sophisticated, the analyses of the Huasteca and especially the Morelos are at once excellent introductions to the regions, commentaries on existing ethnography in them, and advances in ethnographic analysis."--William Roseberry, New School for Social Research
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
Lomnitz-Adler's book reframes the study of national culture in Mexico. Rather than analyzing culture in terms of nationalism and the complex system of issues this generates, the author attempts to undertand the dialectics between cultural production and ideology. Key to this understanding is the study of culture in specific locations, or "internally differentiated regional space," to discern the "truths imbedded in national myth." Lomnitz-Adler suggests that understanding the local relationships among social classes and the perspectives of individuals in these settings allows a reinterpretation of national culture. The first part of this book focuses on the regions of Morelos and Huasteca Potosina. It presents the contrasts between the two on the basis of ideology, history, culture, and organization. Part 2 uses the comparison of Morelos and Huasteca Potosina to interpret several aspects of Mexican culture and ideology--the history of legitimacy and charisma and the relationship between the national community and racial ideology. Graduate; faculty. D. Baldwin; University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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Can we address the issue of nationalism without polemics and restore it to the domain of social science? Claudio Lomnitz-Adler takes a major step in that direction by applying anthropological tools to the study of national culture. His sweeping and innovative interpretation of Mexican national ideology constructs an entirely new theoretical framework for the study of national and regional cultures everywhere. With an analysis of culture and ideology in internally differentiated regional spaces--in this case Morelos and the Huasteca in Mexico--Exits from the Labyrinthlinks rich ethnographic and historical research to two specific aspects of Mexican national ideology and culture: the history of legitimacy and charisma in Mexican politics, and the relationship between the national community and racial ideology.
Main Description
Can we address the issue of nationalism without polemics and restore it to the domain of social science? Claudio Lomnitz-Adler takes a major step in that direction by applying anthropological tools to the study of national culture. His sweeping and innovative interpretation of Mexican national ideology constructs an entirely new theoretical framework for the study of national and regional cultures everywhere. With an analysis of culture and ideology in internally differentiated regional spaces--in this case Morelos and the Huasteca in Mexico-- Exits from the Labyrinth links rich ethnographic and historical research to two specific aspects of Mexican national ideology and culture: the history of legitimacy and charisma in Mexican politics, and the relationship between the national community and racial ideology.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Project and the Labyrinthp. 1
Regional Culture
Concepts for the Study of Regional Culturep. 17
Introduction to the Regional Ethnography of Morelos and the Huastecap. 43
Regional Culture in Morelos
Cultural Hegemony in Morelos: General Backgroundp. 61
The Cultural Region: A Problematization from the Corep. 82
Central Places and Regional Cultural Organizationp. 107
Rural Cultures in Morelos: Transformations of Peasant Class Culturep. 121
The Localist Ideology of a Vulnerable Elitep. 133
Peasant Localism as "Regionalism": Peasant and State in Morelosp. 143
Regional Culture in the Huasteca Potosina
The Huasteca as a Hegemonic Regionp. 153
Class Culture and Intimate Cultures of the Huastecap. 169
Ranchero Localist Ideologyp. 188
Indian Localismp. 205
Local Intelligentsia and the Flow of Regional Symbols in Localist Ideologiesp. 221
Epiloguep. 242
National Culture
Theory and Politicsp. 247
Racial Ideology and Forms of Nationalismp. 261
Regional Cultures and the Culture of the Statep. 282
Spatial Analysis and National Culturep. 311
Notesp. 315
Referencesp. 353
Indexp. 369
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