Watching Lacandon Maya Lives

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Allyn and Bacon, 2002 - History - 194 pages
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In Watching Lacandon Maya Lives, the author follows three generations of one Lacandon Maya family. Readers track the subjects' lives as they shift through events such as marriage, parenthood, and religious conversion, all set against a backdrop of increased tourism, road construction, and the murders of two people in the community. This book encompasses both ethnography and a critique of ethnographic writing. At one level, the book is about social, agricultural, technological, and religious changes that have occurred in a Lacandon Maya community in Mexico. At a second level, the book is a critique of those who invented a Utopian picture of a "traditional" Lacandon past that never really existed. For cultural anthropologists, or anyone interested in learning more about this Mayan culture.

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User Review  - bposinger - LibraryThing

I adored this book. It connects ethnographic research to a broad audience along with diving into the lives of a culture unlike our own. Read full review

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User Review  - Tomek - Goodreads

A thorough, clear, and enjoyable read about the history and culture of the Lacandon Maya. McGee's analysis of the effects of recent changes in Lacandon communities is eye-opening and convincing. My ... Read full review


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