Markets in Oaxaca is a study of the regional peasant marketing system in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. It relates the marketing system to other aspects of the regional ecomy, to neighboring regions, and to the Mexican national ecomy. Combining ethgraphic, theoretical, and regional analyses, it suggests new directions in the fields of peasant and development studies. Contributors to the volume describe the operation and nature of several marketplaces in the region, analyze village-based artisan production and various specialized ecomic roles (particularly the role of traders), and describe the operation of several total regional marketing systems. The editors then consider their findings against the background of political, ecomic, and social structures from the pre-Conquest period to the present. In their conclusion, the editors find the regional peasant ecomy to be responsive both to the influence of the urban metropolitan sector, on the one hand, and to its own indigeus structural integrity and internal dynamism, on the other. In addition to the editors, the contributors to Markets in Oaxaca are Ralph L. Beals, Richard L. Berg Jr., Beverly Chinas, Herbert M. Eder, Charlotte Stolmaker, Carole Turkenik, John C. Warner, Ronald Waterbury, and Cecil R. Welte. Their essays combine analyses of the elements of the system within a comprehensive theoretical framework. Together, they present a complete and integrated view of a peasant ecomy.
Scott Cook is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.