Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value, and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico

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Columbia University Press, Dec 16, 2005 - Social Science - 296 pages
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Elizabeth Ferry explores how members of the Santa Fe Cooperative, a silver mine in Mexico, give meaning to their labor in an era of rampant globalization. She analyzes the cooperative’s practices and the importance of patrimonio (patrimony) in their understanding of work, tradition, and community. More specifically, she argues that patrimonio, a belief that certain resources are inalienable possessions of a local collective passed down to subsequent generations, has shaped and sustained the cooperative’s sense of identity.
 

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Contents

Inalienability Value and Collectivity
1
2 The Santa Fe Cooperative in Guanajuato Mexico
22
3 Labor History and Historical Consciousness
55
4 Recent Challenges and Responses
75
Mine and House
100
6 Patrimony Power and Ideology
139
An Anthropology of Mined Substances
172
Land Subsoil Culture
199
Not Whose Alone?
217
Appendix 1 Historical Silver Prices from 1975 to 2002
224
Appendix 2 Aspects of Mineral Production in the Santa Fe Cooperative
225
Notes
235
Works Cited
253
Index
269
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Thomas K. Rudel is a professor in the departments of human ecology and sociology at Rutgers University. He is the author of Tropical Deforestation: Small Farmers and Land Clearing in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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