The Population of the Mixteca Alta 1520-1960

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Author: Cook, Sherburne Friend (1896-1974) and Woodrow Borah from the library of professor Robert V Kemper

Year: 1968

Publisher: University of California Press

Place: Berkeley and Los Angeles


89 pages with frontispiece, figures, graphs and tables. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6") bound in original wrappers. From the library of Professor Van Kemper. Ibero-Americana number 50. First edition.

In other papers the authors examined the impact of the Spanish Conquest upon the size of the Indian population of central Mexico, the Mixteca Alta included, during the first century of European dominance. In this paper they present a study of long-term changes in population, measured in numbers, in this relatively small region of central Mexico. The span of time is from 1520-1960 - from the first European knowledge of the Mixteca Alta and the number of its Indian population before change was brought by the Europeans, to the 1960 national census. As most studies of population go, the period is long, but, measured against the length of time of sedentary human population of the region, dealing with something less than the last tenth of it. The region is an area of old, well-developed Indian culture, part of the Meos-American and central Mexican complexes, yet with an identify of its own in the Mixteca as a whole if not in the smaller entity of the Mixteca Alta. This the first attempt to examine the movement of population for a relatively restricted region in Mexico. It is a demonstration of the kind of intensive local research which could be carried out for many areas of Mexico through exhaustive study of the great variety of sources available.

Robert V. Kemper, born in San Diego, California, on November 21, 1945, resided in Dallas, Texas, where he was Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1971 from the University of California at Berkeley and spent the academic year 1971-1972 there as a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mexican American Studies before joining the SMU faculty. At SMU, he served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, President of the Faculty Senate, and member of the University Board of Trustees. His research interests included migration and urbanization, history of anthropology, community development, tourism, Mexico, and the United States. His numerous publications include Anthropologists in Cities (1974), Migration and Adaptation: Tzintzuntzan Peasants in Mexico City (1977), Migration Across Frontiers: Mexico and the United States (1979), Chronicling Cultures: Long-Term Field Research in Anthropology (2002), and Urban Life (5th ed., 2010). He has served as President of the Society for Latin American Anthropology and the Society for Urban Anthropology, as well as editor of Human Organization, editor for Social-Cultural Anthropology of the American Anthropologist, and associate editor for Urban Anthropology.


Kemper's name stamped to front wrapper. Light age toning to spine and extremities else a very good copy.


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