Constructing the Maya: Ethnicity, State Formation, and Material Culture in Yucatán, Chiapas, and Guatemala

An issue of: Ethnohistory

Constructing the Maya
Journal Issue Pages: 192 Volume 55, Number 4 Published: 2008 An issue of Ethnohistory
Special Issue Editor: Paul Eiss
This special issue of Ethnohistory is a significant contribution to the history and anthropology of the Maya in both Mexico and Guatemala. Utilizing a comparative analytic framework, these essays explore the ethnic dimensions—indigeneity, indigenismo, mestizaje, racial subjugation—of state formation as well as state practice in indigenous regions. The contributors emphasize how the material aspects of state formation—roads and infrastructure; model villages; restored ruins; portrait photography; highland marketplaces; modern improvements; traditional cultural performances, artifacts, and dress—become theaters for the construction and reconstruction of ethnic and political entities and relationships. Taken as a whole, the collection challenges a tendency toward the segmentation of the discussion of the Maya into distinct disciplines (anthropology and history), national historiographies (Mexican and Guatemalan), and, within Mexico, distinct regional historiographies (Yucatán and Chiapas).

Contributors: David Carey Jr., Paul K. Eiss, Ben Fallaw, Stephen E. Lewis, Walter E. Little, John M. Watanabe

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1. Constructing the Maya–Paul K. Eiss

2. Being Like a State: A Historical Anthropology of Translocal Representation (in Both Senses of the Term)–John M. Watanabe

3. El Pueblo Mestizo: Modernity, Tradition, and Statecraft in Yucatán, 1870-1907¬–Paul K. Eiss

4. Bartolomé García Correa and the Politics of Maya Identity in Postrevolutionary Yucatán, 1911-1933¬–Ben Fallaw

5. "Hard Working, Orderly Little Women": Mayan Vendors and Marketplace Struggles in Early-Twentieth-Century Guatemala¬–David Carey, Jr.

6. Mexico's National Indigenist Institute and the Negotiation of Applied Anthropology in Highland Chiapas, 1951-1954–Stephen E. Lewis

7. A Visual Political Economy of Maya Representations in Guatemala, 1931-1944–Walter E. Little

8. Gender and Ethnohistory in the Americas: Recent Works–Susan Kellogg

With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700. By Karen B. Graubart

Gender, Race, and Religion in the Colonization of the Americas. Edited by Nora E. Jaffary

Raising an Empire: Children in Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America. Edited by Ondina E. González and Bianca Premo.

9. Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. By Margaret Connell–Kate Williams

10. American Indians and State Law: Sovereignty, Race, and Citizenship, 1790-1880. By Deborah A. Rosen–Gray H. Whaley

11. White Man's Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation. By Jacqueline Fear-Segal–C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa

12. Cash, Color, and Colonialism: The Politics of Tribal Acknowledgment. By Renée Ann Cramer–Brice Obermeyer

13. Three Centuries of Woodland Indian Art: A Collection of Essays. Edited by J. C. H. King and Christian F. Feest–Ann McMullen

14. Dark Storm Moving West. By Barbara Belyea– Susan Sleeper-Smith

15. Stealing Indian Women: Native Slavery in the Illinois Country. By Carl J. Ekberg–Brett Rushforth

16. Also Called Sacajawea: Chief Woman's Stolen Identity. By Thomas H. Johnson–John W. W. Mann

17. The Jamestown Project. By Karen Ordahl Kupperman–Sheri M. Shuck-Hall

18. Choctaw Nation: A Story of American Indian Resurgence. By Valerie Lambert–Katherine Osburn

19. African Creeks: Estelvste and the Creek Nation. By Gary Zellar–Steven C. Hahn

20. Archaeology of the Lower Muskogee Creek Indians, 1715-1836. By H. Thomas Foster II, with contributions by Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund and Lisa O'Steen–John E. Worth

21. Maya Calendar Origins: Monuments, Mythistory, and the Materialization of Time. By Prudence M. Rice–Brian Stross

22. Feather Crown: The Eighteen Feasts of the Mexica Year. By Gordon Brotherston–Angela Herren

23. Ladinos with Ladinos, Indians with Indians: Land, Labor, and Regional Ethnic Conflict in the Making of Guatemala. By René Reeves; – Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Livingston, Guatemala, and Beyond. By Hilary E. Kahn–David Carey, Jr.

24. The Forbidden Lands: Colonial Identity, Frontier Violence, and the Persistence of Brazil's Eastern Indians, 1750-1830. By Hal Langfur; Landscapes of Power and Identity: Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia from Colony to Republic. By Cynthia Radding–Barbara A. Sommer

Winner, 2011 Mexican History Book Award, presented by the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)


Winner, 2012 Latin American Studies Association Mexico Section Best Book Award


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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6691-1
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