By Grant D. Jones
Anthropology and historical past in Yucatán is a set of ten essays that supply new facts and interpretations of the survival and model of lowland Maya tradition from its earliest touch with the Spanish to the Nineteen Seventies. those case stories replicate a transforming into curiosity within the use of old ways within the improvement of versions of cultural switch that would combine archaeological, old, and ethnographic data.
The portrait of the Maya rising from this assortment is that of a remarkably important those who have skillfully resisted overall incorporation with their pals and who proceed even this present day to stress their cultural independence and historic forte. In his creation, furnish D. Jones synthesizes past reports of the anthropological historical past of Yucatán and summarizes the theoretical matters underlying the amount. part I, which makes a speciality of continuity and alter within the barriers of Maya ethnicity in Yucatán, comprises contributions by means of the past due Sir Eric Thompson, France V. Scholes, and O. Nigel Bolland. part II provides comparative local views of Maya diversifications to exterior forces of switch and comprises essays by way of D. E. Dumond, provide D. Jones, James W. Ryder, and Anne C. Collins. within the last part, 3 articles, by means of Victoria Reifler Bricker, Allan F. Burns, and Irwin Press, deal with Maya ideas in their personal history.
Throughout the publication, the authors show that versions way more complicated than Robert Redfield’s folk-urban continuum has to be constructed to account for the good local diversifications in responses through the Maya to the pressures of monetary, cultural, and political keep an eye on as exerted through Spanish, Mexican, Guatemalan, and British professionals over the last 4 centuries. The essays display numerous methodological methods that would be of curiosity to historians, ethnohistorians, ethnologists, archaeologists, and those that have a common curiosity within the survival of Maya culture.
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