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Cultural politics in colonial Tehuantepec : community and state among the Isthmus Zapotec, 1500-1750 /
Judith Francis Zeitlin.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2005.
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xix, 323 p.
ISBN
0804733880 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2005.
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0804733880 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Tales of the "binni gulasa" : native history and the Zapotec conquest of Tehuantepec -- King and community in prehispanic Tehuantepec -- The social fabric is torn : political and religious change, 1521-1562 -- The colonial political economy takes root : archaeological and documentary evidence, 1563-1660 -- Confronting colonial authority in 1660 -- Community opposition in late colonial times -- Historical memory and political authority -- Isthmus Zapotec politics and the trajectory of colonial change.
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5496373
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Judith Francis Zeitlin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston
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This book is a historical and archeological examination of the Isthmus Zapotec state, which was established at Tehuantepec in late prehispanic times through a campaign of conquest and colonization, and the responses that its descendant populations made to the complex political, economic, and cultural changes introduced by Spanish colonialism. Although the modern-day Isthmus Zapotecs are renowned in Mexico and among Latin Americanists for their vibrant cultural traditions and their legacy of political resistance, only isolated elements of the complex historical processes by which these patterns emerged have been studied previously. Using complementary archival and archeological sources, the book details the transformation of Isthmus Zapotec society under colonialism and the enduring structures through which its members redefined their political autonomy.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
Anthropologist Judith Zeitlin's purpose is to study the Zapotec state and its people in their response to the pressures of Spanish colonialism from the 16th to the early 18th centuries. She focuses on Tehuantepec on the southern isthmus because of the modern survival of Zapotec ethnic identity, despite Spanish occupation from the early colonial period. Zeitlin (Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) bases her study on both archaeological and historical records, since neither by itself can give a complete picture of the challenges of Spanish dominance and the Zapotec response to them. Colonial church and state institutional papers record policy and chronicle conflicts between natives and the colonial system, but do not provide much insight into everyday life. Archaeological evidence highlights the material culture and changes in it over time. Zeitlin's analysis of these combined sources indicates that the Isthmus Zapotec changed to meet new challenges, adopting use of numerous Spanish goods. These differences indicate changes in the pattern of daily life as well. However, the Isthmus Zapotec incorporated European elements autonomously without losing their cultural and political identity. The meanings and social uses of European goods and customs remained Zapotec. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. V. H. Cummins Austin College
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"[This] important contribution to the study of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico advances our understanding of the remarkable historical fluidity and resilience of Isthmus Zapotec culture and identity."-- "The Americas"
"[This] important contribution to the study of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico advances our understanding of the remarkable historical fluidity and resilience of Isthmus Zapotec culture and identity."-- The Americas
"This is a first-rate study which merits attention from anyone interested in how colonialism shapes, and is shaped by, indigenous peoples under its rule."H-Net Reviews
"This is a first-rate study which merits attention from anyone interested in how colonialism shapes, and is shaped by, indigenous peoples under its rule."-- "H-Net Reviews"
"This is a first-rate study which merits attention from anyone interested in how colonialism shapes, and is shaped by, indigenous peoples under its rule."-- H-Net Reviews
"...an insightful and deeply researched work."Itinerario
"[This] important contribution to the study of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico advances our understanding of the remarkable historical fluidity and resilience of Isthmus Zapotec culture and identity."The Americas
"This book represents an enormous amount of original research, conducted over decades. ... The book bridges the gap between archaeology and ethnohistory, between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and between the differing sources and methods typically applied to the two sides of that gap."
"This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven within the text so as not to disrupt the narrative."-- Colonial Latin American Historical Review
"This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven within the text so as not to disrupt the narrative."-- "Colonial Latin American Historical Review"
"This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven within the text so as not to disrupt the narrative."Colonial Latin American Historical Review
., ."an insightful and deeply researched work."-- "Itinerario"
"...an insightful and deeply researched work."-- Itinerario
" Cultural Politics in Colonial Tehuantepecrepresents a welcome addition to the regional ethnohistories that constitute an important genre in the history of early Mexico... The book is striking in detailing each historical period through as many types of sources as possible--archaeological remains, pictorial and alphabetic texts, linguistic data, and oral traditions--rather than, for example, using only archaeological data to describe the pre-Hispanic period, as one might expect. Zeitlin moves seamlessly among various disciplinary approaches, theoretical orientations, and source materials, with apparent ease and considerable elegance."-- Hispanic American Historical Review
"This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven withi
"Cultural Politics in Colonial Tehuantepecrepresents a welcome addition to the regional ethnohistories that constitute an important genre in the history of early Mexico... The book is striking in detailing each historical period through as many types of sources as possiblearchaeological remains, pictorial and alphabetic texts, linguistic data, and oral traditionsrather than, for example, using only archaeological data to describe the pre-Hispanic period, as one might expect. Zeitlin moves seamlessly among various disciplinary approaches, theoretical orientations, and source materials, with apparent ease and considerable elegance."Hispanic American Historical Review
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Judith Zeitlin conducts an historical and archeological examination of the Isthmus Zapotec state. Using archival and archaeological sources, she details the transformation of the Isthmus Zapotec society under colonialism and the enduring structures through which its members redefined their political autonomy.
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"...an insightful and deeply researched work."--Itinerario "This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven within the text so as not to disrupt the narrative."--Colonial Latin American Historical Review
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., ."an insightful and deeply researched work."-- Itinerario "This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven within the text so as not to disrupt the narrative."-- Colonial Latin American Historical Review
Back Cover Copy
"...an insightful and deeply researched work."Itinerario "This book is rewarding in a number of ways. Zeitlin's careful and subtle historical reconstructions avoid undue speculation. The elegant writing style invites careful attention. Theoretical digressions and comparative comments are adroitly woven within the text so as not to disrupt the narrative."Colonial Latin American Historical Review
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Tales of the "binni gulasa": Native History and the Zapotec Conquest of Tehuantepecp. 1
King and Community in Prehispanic Tehuantepecp. 39
The Social Fabric Is Torn: Political and Religious Change, 1521-1562p. 89
The Colonial Political Economy Takes Root: Archaeological and Documentary Evidence, 1563-1660p. 119
Confronting Colonial Authority in 1660p. 168
Community Opposition in Late Colonial Timesp. 203
Historical Memory and Political Authorityp. 230
Isthmus Zapotec Politics and the Trajectory of Colonial Changep. 254
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 315
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