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As rules, items, and other people circulate with expanding ease and pace throughout nationwide obstacles and geographic distances, the commercial alterations and technological advances that let this globalisation also are ironically contributing to the balkanisation of states, ethnic teams, and certain curiosity pursuits. Exploring how this strategy is taking part in out in Guatemala, this ebook offers an cutting edge synthesis of the neighborhood and worldwide elements that experience led GuatemalaaEURO(t)s indigenous Maya peoples to say and safeguard their cultural identification and forte in the dominant Hispanic society. Drawing on contemporary theories from cognitive reviews, interpretative ethnography, and political economic system, Edward F. Fischer seems to be at person Maya activists and native cultures, in addition to altering nationwide and foreign energy family, to appreciate how ethnic identities are built and expressed within the smooth global. on the international point, he exhibits how structural shifts in diplomacy have opened new venues of ethnic expression for GuatemalaaEURO(t)s majority Maya inhabitants. on the neighborhood point, he examines the methods of identification development in Kaqchikel Maya cities, TecpA!n and PatzA * n, and indicates how divergent neighborhood norms bring about various conceptions and expressions of Maya-ness, which still proportion yes primary similarities with the bigger pan-Maya undertaking. Tying those degrees of research jointly, Fischer argues that open-ended Maya aEUROoecultural logicsaEURO situation the ways that Maya contributors (national leaders and rural lots alike) creatively exhibit their id in a speedily altering global. Edward F. Fischer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt college.

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Part 2 (‘‘Global Processes and Pan-Maya Identity Politics’’) provides the macroframework for the detailed ethnographic data that follow by examining Guatemalan political economies and the rise of national panMayanist identity politics. Chapter 3 looks at Guatemala’s changing position in global structures of political economy, and Chapter 4 shows how Maya leaders have taken advantage of post–Cold War ideological shifts to colonize new political space for themselves in state and global systems. I argue that Maya identity politics are actively shaped by the larger context in which they exist, and that Maya leaders have actively and tactically leveraged emerging patterns of global political and economic relations to their own ends.

Nonetheless, I frequently refer to Patzu´ n in the pages that follow to both provide support for and represent exceptions to the patterns I describe for Tecpa´ n. Data were gathered through hundreds of hours of formal and informal interviews. These interviews were held in smoky kitchens over countless cups of sweet, watery coffee; in the market as vendors peddled their wares; in fields as I helped plant or harvest; in sweat baths; on the street; and at countless other mundane locales. Over fifty hours of these interviews were tape-recorded, but more commonly I took notes that were later transcribed in my fieldnotes.

Inside the tuj, one is naked, completely exposed physically, and it is often a time of intense intimacy and personal reflection, with conversations touching on the most personal of concerns. Despite the fact that Guatemala bills itself as the land of eternal spring, Tecpa´n is considered a cold place. It is said to be far too cold to raise turkeys, for example, so when they are needed for a large fiesta, they must be bought at markets in Antigua, Solola´ , or even Patzu´ n, all considered to be substantially warmer.

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