Hermitte, María Esther Álvarez de (1921-1990)

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Author: Hermitte, María Esther Álvarez de (1921-1990)

Year: 1970

Publisher: Instituto Indigenista Interamericano

Place: Mexico City


177+[2 ad] pages with charts, plates and bibliography. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") issued in original wrappers. Special edition 57 of the Instituto Indigenista Interamericano. Limited to 1000 of which this is number 275. First edition.

María Esther Álvarez de Hermitte, best known as Esther Hermitte, was a recognized social anthropologist from Argentina. Hermitte studied at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras within the University of Buenos Aires. She got a bachelor's degree of History and later she specialized in Social Anthropology. After that she won a scholarship given by the CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) which was, by that period, directed by the Nobel prize winner Bernardo Houssay. By 1958 Hermitte moved to the University of Chicago, where she assisted to the Social Systems courses. A year later she was sent to Mexico together with the linguist R. Radhakrishnan and the Maya interpreter Alberto Méndez Tobilla to do field work about the Mayan community of Pinola, Villa Las Rosas in the state of Chiapas. As a result of years of work in site and of her later analysis about Social mobility in a bicultural community in Chiapas and Sobrenatural power and social control, Hermitte got her degree of "Master of Arts" in 1965 and "Philosophical Doctor" in 1964.

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.


Light edge wear, Foster's stamp to front wrapper and his hand written name "Tzeltal" below the title on wrapper, some occasional underlining of text by Foster, few of the pages at the back dog-eared at heal corners, else a very good copy.

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