Streets, Bedrooms, and Patios: The Ordinariness of Diversity in Urban Oaxaca

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University of Texas Press, 2000 - Social Science - 312 pages
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Diversity characterizes the people of Oaxaca, Mexico. Within this city of half a million, residents are rising against traditional barriers of race and class, defining new gender roles, and expanding access for the disabled. In this rich ethnography of the city, Michael Higgins and Tanya Coen explore how these activities fit into the ordinary daily lives of the people of Oaxaca.

Higgins and Coen focus their attention on groups that are often marginalized—the urban poor, transvestite and female prostitutes, discapacitados (the physically challenged), gays and lesbians, and artists and intellectuals. Blending portraits of and comments by group members with their own ethnographic observations, the authors reveal how such issues as racism, sexism, sexuality, spirituality, and class struggle play out in the people's daily lives and in grassroots political activism. By doing so, they translate the abstract concepts of social action and identity formation into the actual lived experiences of real people.

  

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Higgins (anthropology, Univ. of Northern Colorado) and Coen (an anthropologist and codirector of Zacalero Creative Cultural Productions, San Francisco) present portraits of several cultural and social ... Read full review

Contents

Streets Bedrooms and Patios The Ordinariness of Diversity in Urban Oaxaca
1
Better to Arrive Than to Be Invited The Urban Poor of the City of Oaxaca
21
We Are Not Lesbians Grupo Unión Homosexual Transvestite Prostitutes in Urban Oaxaca
108
Only the Spoon Knows Whats at the Bottom of the Pot Other Groups Transgressing Sexual and Gender Borders in Urban Oaxaca
166
Thanks to God for Giving Me Polio for I Have Been Able to See the World Los Discapacitados of the City of Oaxaca
227
A Conclusion of Sorts
269
Notes
281
Bibliography and Suggested Readings
295
Index
307
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Michael James Higgins is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado.

Tanya L. Coen is Co-Director of Zocalero Creative Cultural Productions in San Francisco.

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