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- DescriptionIn this extensively revised and updated second edition of her classic ethgraphy, Lynn Stephen explores the intersection of gender, class, and indigeus ethnicity in southern Mexico. She provides a detailed study of how the lives of women weavers and merchants in the Zapotec-speaking town of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, have changed in response to the international demand for Oaxacan textiles. Based on Stephen's research in Teotitlan during the mid-1980s, in 1990, and between 2001 and 2004, this volume provides a unique view of a Zapotec community balancing a rapidly advancing future in export production with an entrenched past anchored in indigeus culture. Stephen presents new information about the weaving cooperatives women have formed over the last two decades in an attempt to gain political and cultural rights within their community and standing as independent artisans within the global market. She also addresses the place of Zapotec weaving within Mexican folk art and the significance of increased migration out of Teotitlan. The women weavers and merchants collaborated with Stephen on the research for this book, and their perspectives are key to her analysis of how gender relations have changed within rituals, weaving production and marketing, local politics, and family life. Drawing on the experiences of women in Teotitlan, Stephen considers the prospects for the political, ecomic, and cultural participation of other indigeus women in Mexico under the policies of ecomic neoliberalism which have prevailed since the 1990s.
- Author BiographyLynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She is the author of several books, including Zapata Lives! Histories and Cultural Politics in Southern Mexico; Women and Social Movements in Latin America: Power from Below; and Hear My Testimony: Maria Teresa Tula, Human Rights Activist of El Salvador.
- Author(s)Lynn M. Stephen
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication17/10/2005
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note22 photos, 37 tables, 2 maps
- Weight594 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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