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One of the best accounts of how to become an anthropologist doing fieldwork! Students will enjoy this insightful portrayal of the pleasures and pitfalls that anthropologist Beverly Chias experienced while studying womens roles in the culture of the Isthmus Zapotec. The story of her long-term research, told here with honesty and grace, allows the reader to make several trips to the field in different roles: as graduate student gathering dissertation material, as young professional pursuing more sharply defined goals, and as mature researcher directing the work of assistants. The reader encounters Zapotec culture and people through the eyes of the questioning anthropologist-narrator, discovers the methods and techniques of anthropological investigation, and, instructed by the authors commitment to her Zapotec friends, learns how friendships may transcend cultural barriers. Includes eight-page color insert.
Bei den Binnizá, den isthmischen Zapoteken, handelt es sich um ein indigenes Volk im Süden Mexikos mit drei sozialen Geschlechtern – Frauen, Muxe’ und Männern. Sie sind eine moderne, urbane Kultur, die ihre eigenen auffallenden Traditionen bewahrt hat, was eine Reihe mythisierender Vorurteile generiert. Die Autorin dekonstruiert daher zunächst Genese und Funktion des Matriarchatsmythos. Dann geht sie auf die lebensgeschichtliche Entwicklung der spannungsreichen Beziehungen dieser drei Geschlechter anhand psychoanalytischer Intersubjektivitätstheorie ein. Das spezifische frühkindliche und ödipale Setting sowie eine informelle Initiation in der Adoleszenz, wie der Rapto – die manuelle Defloration der Braut – oder die sexuelle Initiation der Jungen durch Muxe’, werden erläutert. Denn neben Frauen und Männern bestimmen die Muxe’, effeminierte Männer, den sozialen Alltag; durch ihre Allianz mit den Müttern und erotischen Beziehungen zu den Männern beruhigen und befeuern sie die konfliktiven heterosexuellen Beziehungen der Binnizá zugleich. Ihre traditionelle Rolle sowie die hybridisierenden, durch westliche Gay-Bewegungen und Massenmedien ausgelösten Veränderungen werden in Folge dargestellt. Weiter wird die legendäre Figur des Taganero, der kulturelle Topos der weiblichen Verräterin, das erwachsene Beziehungsgeschehen sowie die opulente Festkultur einschließlich der handbestickten Tracht der Binnizá behandelt.
Since the concept of 'multi-sited' approaches in ethnography developed over fifteen years ago, it has attracted a growing number of researchers across the social sciences. This volume examines the evolution of the concept as well as the problems and possibilities multi-sited approaches have presented to researchers.
Middle Eastern immigration to Mexico is one of the intriguing, untold stories in the history of both regions. In So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico, Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp presents the fascinating findings of her extensive fieldwork in Mexico as well as in Lebanon and Syria, which included comprehensive data collection from more than 8,000 original immigration cards as well as studies of decades of legal publications and the collection of historiographies from descendents of Middle Eastern immigrants living in Mexico today. Adding an important chapter to studies of the Arab diaspora, Alfaro-Velcamp's study shows that political instability in both Mexico and the Middle East kept many from fulfilling their dreams of returning to their countries of origin after realizing wealth in Mexico, in a few cases drawing on an imagined Phoenician past to create a class of economically powerful Lebanese Mexicans. She also explores the repercussions of xenophobia in Mexico, the effect of religious differences, and the impact of key events such as the Mexican Revolution. Challenging the post-revolutionary definitions of mexicanidad and exposing new aspects of the often contradictory attitudes of Mexicans toward foreigners, So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico should spark timely dialogues regarding race and ethnicity, and the essence of Mexican citizenship.

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