AuthorCrumrine, N. Ross
KeywordsIndians of Mexico -- Cultural assimilation.
Indians of Mexico -- Ethnic identity.
Mayo Indians -- Cultural assimilation.
Mayo Indians -- Ethnic identity.
Yaqui Indians -- Cultural assimilation.
Yaqui Indians -- Ethnic identity.
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Description"This slim but important volume is a transitional work, one that attempts to bridge two very different traditions in the anthropological study of indigenous communities. . . . succinct and provocative."—American Indian Quarterly "Many of the ideas expressed are provocative, much of the information is new; the bibliography is extensive."—Arizona Daily Star
Table of ContentsPreface / Reflections, Contrasts, and Directions - Ralph L. Beals and N. Ross Crumrine / Yaqui Indian Enclavement: The Effects of an Experimental Indian Policy in Northwestern Mexico - Steven V. Lutes / Mechanisms of Enclavement Maintenance and Sociocultural Blocking of Modernization Among the Mayo of Southern Sonora - N. Ross Crumrine / Enclavement Processes, State Policies, and Cultural Identity Among the Mayo Indians of Sinaloa, Mexico - Manuel L. Carlos / Production, Social Identity, and Agrarian Struggle Among the Tepecano Indians of Northern Jalisco - Robert D. Shadow / The Marginalization of the Ejidos of the Magdalena-Etzatlán Unidad de Riego, Jalisco - Phil C. Weigand and Francisco Ron Siordia / Families from Tarascan Villages - Mary Lee Nolan / Insistence and Persistence in Cultural Enclavement: Villages that Progress Chose? - George Castile / Old World Diseases and the Dynamics of Indian and Jesuit Relations in Northwestern New Spain, 1520-1660 - Daniel T. Reff / The Renaissance of Anthropological Studies in Northwestern Mexico - Ralph L. Beals / References / Index
Series/Report no.Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona, No. 46
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