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Cooperation and Community : Economy and Society in Oaxaca

Cooperation and Community : Economy and Society in Oaxaca - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0292712218

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ISBN13: 978-0292712218
ISBN10: 0292712219
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Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Cooperation and Community : Economy and Society in Oaxaca - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0292712218

Jeffery H. Cohen

ISBN13: 978-0292712218
ISBN10: 0292712219
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

In the villages and small towns of Oaxaca, Mexico, as in much of rural Latin America, cooperation among neighbors is essential for personal and community survival. It can take many forms, from godparenting to sponsoring fiestas, holding civic offices, or exchanging agricultural or other kinds of labor. This book examines the ways in which the people of Santa Ana del Valle practice these traditional cooperative and reciprocal relationships and also invent new relationships to respond to global forces of social and economic change at work within their community.

Based on fieldwork he conducted in this Zapotec-speaking community between 1992 and 1996, Jeffrey Cohen describes continuities in the Santañeros' practices of cooperation, as well as changes resulting from transnational migration, tourism, increasing educational opportunities, and improved communications. His nuanced portrayal of the benefits and burdens of cooperation is buttressed by the words of many villagers who explain why and how they participate-or not-in reciprocal family and community networks. This rich ethnographic material offers a working definition of community created in and through cooperative relationships.

Author Bio

Cohen, Jeffery H. : Pennsylvania State University


Jeffrey H. Cohen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction: Cooperation in Context: A Framework for Analysis
Chapter One: Four Eras, One Village: Geography and History in Santa Ana del Valle
Chapter Two: Economy and the Structure of lroduction in Santa Ana del Valle
Chapter Three: Patterns of Cooperation in the Santañero Household
Chapter Four: Guelaguetza and Compadrazgo: Interhousehold Cooperation in Santa Ana
Chapter Five: Cooperation and Community: Tequio, Cooperación, and Servicio
Chapter Six: Cooperation, the Politics of Leadership, and Civil Society
Conclusions: Santa Ana in the World and Cooperation in Southern Mexico
Notes
References Cited
Index

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