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The life within : local indigenous society in Mexico's Toluca Valley, 1650-1800 /
Caterina Pizzigoni.
imprint
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2012.
description
xiii, 324 p..
ISBN
0804781370 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804781374 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2012.
isbn
0804781370 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804781374 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
House, lot, and saints -- Distant land -- The people -- Identities -- Interactions -- Activities -- Religion and the community -- Local officials in context.
catalogue key
8679141
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-312) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Caterina Pizzigoni is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the author of Testaments of Toluca (Stanford, 2007).
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Packed with new dimensions, approaches, and findings, the book will find its place among the monuments of early Latin American history and ethnohistory."--James Lockhart, Author of The Nahuas after the Conquest
"This remarkable book builds on all that has gone before in studies of the Nahuatl-speaking indigenous peoples of colonial Mexico, yet it also breaks new ground. If the field has concentrated on the earlier period, this book focuses on the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. If much of the prior work has centered on the corporate arena, this book focuses on the household, on actual people in real situations, with gender analysis at the very center. It uses the largest corpus of Nahuatl wills yet brought to bear on a single study and at the same time has few equals in combining Nahuatl sources with Spanish ones. It is, in short, a tour de force."--Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University
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Summaries
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This title provides a social and cultural history of the indigenous people of a region of central Mexico in the later colonial period - as told through documents in Nahuatl and Spanish. It views the indigenous world from the inside out, focusing first on the householders and the greater community.
Main Description
The Life Withinprovides a social and cultural history of the indigenous people of a region of central Mexico in the later colonial period--as told through documents in Nahuatl and Spanish. It views the indigenous world from the inside out, focusing first on the household--buildings, lots, household saints--and expanding outward toward the householders and the greater community. The internal focus of this book provides a comprehensive picture of indigenous society, exploring the categories by which people are identified, their interactions, their activities, and the aspects of the local corporations that manifest themselves in household life. Pizzigoni brings indigenous-language social history into the later colonial period, whereas the emphasis until now has fallen heavily on the earlier phase. The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries emerge as a dynamic time that saw, along with cultural persistence, many new adaptations and creations. Covering a period of over a century and a half, this study goes beyond a monolithic treatment of the region to introduce for the first time a systematic analysis of subregional variation in vocabulary and real-life phenomena, showing how, within larger regional trends, each tiniest community of the Toluca Valley retained markers of its individuality.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Household Setting
House, Lot, and Saintsp. 21
Distant Landp. 56
The People
Identitiesp. 93
Interactionsp. 118
Activitiesp. 142
Corporate Aspects
Religion and the Communityp. 167
Local Officials in Contextp. 197
Conclusionp. 221
Glossaryp. 239
Notesp. 245
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 313
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