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Remembering Victoria: A Tragic Nahuat Love Story

by James M. Taggart

On October 15, 1983, a young mother of six was murdered while walking across her village of Huitzilan de Serdán, Mexico, with her infant son and one of her daughters. This woman, Victoria Bonilla, was among...


Places in the World a Person Could Walk: Family, Stories, Home, and Place in the Texas Hill Country

by David Syring

Spring-fed creeks. Old stone houses. Cedar brakes and bleached limestone. The Hill Country holds powerful sway over the imagination of Texans. So many of us dream of having our own little place in the limestone...


Women and Social Movements in Latin America: Power from Below

by Lynn Stephen

Women's grassroots activism in Latin America combines a commitment to basic survival for women and their children with a challenge to women's subordination to men. Women activists insist that issues such as...


Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez

by Kathleen Staudt

Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty...


The Mexican Aristocracy: An Expressive Ethnography, 1910-2000

by Hugo G. Nutini

The Mexican aristocracy today is simultaneously an anachronism and a testimony to the persistence of social institutions. Shut out from political power by the democratization movements of the twentieth century,...


A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala, Second Revised Edition

by W. George Lovell

Though a 1996 peace accord brought a formal end to a conflict that had lasted for thirty-six years, Guatemala's violent past continues to scar its troubled present and seems destined to haunt its uncertain future....


Energy and Structure: A Theory of Social Power

by Richard Newbold Adams

All social structures are essentially power structures dependent on energy. The concept of power and the role of energy in social organization are crucial and timely concerns, especially in light of the current...


Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule: Law and Disorder in the West Bank

by George Emile Bisharat

As frequent intermediaries between Israeli military authorities and Palestinian citizens, Palestinian lawyers stand close to the fault line dividing Israeli and Palestinian societies. The conflicts and tensions...


Obliging Need: Rural Petty Industry in Mexican Capitalism

by Scott Cook & Leigh Binford

For centuries throughout large portions of the globe, petty agriculturalists and industrialists have set their physical and mental energies to work producing products for direct consumption by their households...


Craft and the Kingly Ideal: Art, Trade, and Power

by Mary W. Helms

In ancient Mediterranean cultures, diamonds were thought to endow their owners with invincibility. In contemporary United States culture, a foreign-made luxury car is believed to give its owner status and prestige....


The Livelihood of Kin: Making Ends Meet "The Kentucky Way"

by Rhoda H. Halperin

Rural Appalachians in Kentucky call it "The Kentucky Way"-making a living by doing many kinds of paid and unpaid work and sharing their resources within extended family networks. In fact, these strategies are...


American Flintknappers: Stone Age Art in the Age of Computers

by John C. Whittaker

Making arrowheads, blades, and other stone tools was once a survival skill and is still a craft practiced by thousands of flintknappers around the world. In the United States, knappers gather at regional "knap-ins"...


Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate

by Elizabeth Hill Boone

In communities throughout precontact Mesoamerica, calendar priests and diviners relied on pictographic almanacs to predict the fate of newborns, to guide people in choosing marriage partners and auspicious wedding...


In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use

by James E. Brady & Keith M. Prufer

As portals to the supernatural realm that creates and animates the universe, caves have always been held sacred by the peoples of Mesoamerica. From ancient times to the present, Mesoamericans have made pilgrimages...


Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologists at Work

by Mary Strong & Laena Wilder

Early in its history, anthropology was a visual as well as verbal discipline. But as time passed, visually oriented professionals became a minority among their colleagues, and most anthropologists used written...


Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala

by Jennifer L. Burrell

Guatemala's thirty-six-year civil war culminated in peace accords in 1996, but the postwar transition has been marked by continued violence, including lynchings and the rise of gangs, as well as massive wage-labor...


Santiago's Children: What I Learned about Life at an Orphanage in Chile

by Steve Reifenberg & Paul Farmer

Unclear about his future career path, Steve Reifenberg found himself in the early 1980s working at a small orphanage in a poor neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, where a determined single woman was trying to create...


Branding Texas: Performing Culture in the Lone Star State

by Leigh Clemons

Ask anyone to name an archetypal Texan, and you're likely to get a larger-than-life character from film or television (say John Wayne's Davy Crockett or J. R. Ewing of TV's Dallas) or a politician with that...


Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas

by Shannon Speed, R. Aída Hernández Castillo & Lynn M. Stephen

Yielding pivotal new perspectives on the indigenous women of Mexico, Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas presents a diverse collection of voices exploring the human rights and gender issues...


Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas

by Christine Kovic

In the last decades of the twentieth century, thousands of Mayas were expelled, often violently, from their homes in San Juan Chamula and other highland communities in Chiapas, Mexico, by fellow Mayas allied...