A Spanish-Mexican Peasant Community Arandas in Jalisco, Mexico
Publisher: University of California Press
94 pages with frontispiece, 7 plates, 4 figures and foldout map at back. Small quarto (10 1/4" x 7") bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Original wrappers bound in. From the library of professor George M Foster inscribed to him by the author. Ibero Americana number 4. First edition.
In the heart of the Mexican Republic is a region inhabited by people who are overwhelmingly of Spanish stock. Living in comparative isolation, these people have retained to a high degree their Spanish heritage. They have intermarried principally among themselves, absorbing the minor diverse racial elements which were originally present as separate entities, but mingling very little with the large numbers of indigenas who inhabit adjoining regions. For this present study, the municipio of Arandas, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, was selected for detailed investigation, as generally representative of the larger region possessing the characteristics set forth above, of which it is a part. A preceding series of studies, Mexican Labor in the United States (1928-1932), concerned regions in the United States where contact of American and Mexican cultures furnished motive for the investigations. The present regional study is also in some measure concerned with this cultural contact set in a background which is Mexican and which possesses distinctive racial and socio-economic features.
George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.
Inscription to Foster on front paste down else a very good to fine copy.
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