M�xico Profundo Reclaiming a Civilization

ISBN-10: 0292708432
ISBN-13: 9780292708433
Edition: 1996
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Description: This translation of a major work in Mexican anthropology argues that Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable force in contemporary Mexican life. For Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, the remaining Indian communities, the "de-Indianized"  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

This translation of a major work in Mexican anthropology argues that Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable force in contemporary Mexican life. For Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, the remaining Indian communities, the "de-Indianized" rural mestizo communities, and vast sectors of the poor urban population constitute the Meacute;xico profundo . Their lives and ways of understanding the world continue to be rooted in Mesoamerican civilization. An ancient agricultural complex provides their food supply, and work is understood as a way of maintaining a harmonious relationship with the natural world. Health is related to human conduct, and community service is often part of each individual' life obligation. Time is circular, and humans fulfill their own cycle in relation to other cycles of the universe. Since the Conquest, Bonfil argues, the peoples of the Meacute;xico profundo have been dominated by an "imaginary Meacute;xico" imposed by the West. It is imaginary not because it does not exist, but because it denies the cultural reality lived daily by most Mexicans. Within the Meacute;xico profundo there exists an enormous body of accumulated knowledge, as well as successful patterns for living together and adapting to the natural world. To face the future successfully, argues Bonfil, Mexico must build on these strengths of Mesoamerican civilization, "one of the few original civilizations that humanity has created throughout all its history."

Guillermo Bonfil Batalla (1935-1991) was one of Mexico's most notable anthropologists.

Translator's Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
A Civilization Denied
A Land of Millenarian Civilization
The Indian Recognized
De-Indianizing That Which Is Indian
How We Came to Be Where We Are
The Problem of National Culture
The Colonial Order
Forging a Nation
Our (Revolutionized) Modern Times
The Paths of Indian Survival
The National Program and the Civilizational Project
The Nation We Have Today
Civilization and Alternatives
References Cited
Bibliographic Appendix
Index

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