In this Book

The concept of “indigenous” has been entwined with notions of exoticism and alterity throughout Mexico’s history. In Beyond Alterity, authors from across disciplines question the persistent association between indigenous people and radical difference, and demonstrate that alterity is often the product of specific political contexts.

Although previous studies have usually focused on the most visible ­aspects of differences—cosmovision, language, customs, resistance—the contributors to this volume show that emphasizing difference prevents researchers from seeing all the social phenomena where alterity is not obvious. Those phenomena are equally or even more constitutive of social life and include property relations (especially individual or private ones), participation in national projects, and the use of national languages.

The category of “indigenous” has commonly been used as if it were an objective term referring to an already given social subject. Beyond Alterity shows how this usage overlooks the fact that the social markers of differentiation (language, race or ethnic group, phenotype) are historical and therefore unstable. In opposition to any reification of geographical, cultural, or social boundaries, this volume shows that people who (self-)identify as indigenous share a multitude of practices with the rest of society and that the association between indigenous identification and alterity is the product of a specific political history.

Beyond Alterity is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding indigenous identity, race, and Mexican history and politics.
Ariadna Acevedo-Rodrigo
Laura Cházaro
Michael T. Ducey
Paul K. Eiss
José Luis Escalona-Victoria
Vivette García Deister
Peter Guardino
Emilio Kourí
Paula López Caballero
Elsie Rockwell
Diana Lynn Schwartz
Gabriela Torres-Mazuera

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Why Beyond Alterity? / Paula López Caballero with Ariadna Acevedo-Rodrigo
  2. Paula López Caballer, Ariadna Acevedo-Rodrigo
  3. pp. 3-28
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  1. Part I. Land and Government
  1. 1. The Practices of Communal Landholding: Indian Pueblo Property Relations in Colonial Mexico
  2. Emilio Kourí
  3. pp. 31-60
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  1. 2. Connected Communities: Villagers and Wider Social Systems in the Late Colonial and Early National Periods
  2. Peter Guardino
  3. pp. 61-83
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  1. 3. Indigenous Communities, Political Transformations, and Mexico’s War of Independence in the Gulf Coast Region
  2. Michael T. Ducey
  3. pp. 84-106
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  1. 4. Happy Together? “Indians,” Liberalism, and Schools in the Oaxaca and Puebla Sierras, 1876–1911
  2. Ariadna Acevedo-Rodrigo
  3. pp. 107-129
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  1. 5. Todos tenemos la crisma de dios: Engaging Spanish Literacy in a Tlaxcalan Pueblo
  2. Elsie Rockwell
  3. pp. 130-150
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  1. 6. Communal and Indigenous Landholding in Contemporary Yucatan: Tracing the Changing Property Relations in the Postrevolutionary Ejido
  2. Gabriela Torres-Mazuera
  3. pp. 151-170
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  1. Part II. Science
  1. 7. From Anatomical Collection to National Museum, circa 1895: How Skulls and Female Pelvises Began to Speak the Language of Mexican National History
  2. Laura Cházaro
  3. pp. 173-198
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  1. 8. Anthropological Debates Around the Indigenous Subject and Alterity, 1940–1948
  2. Paula López Caballero
  3. pp. 199-221
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  1. 9. Displacement, Development, and the Creation of a Modern Indígena in the Papaloapan, 1940s–1970s
  2. Diana Lynn Schwartz
  3. pp. 222-243
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  1. 10. Encapsulated History: Evon Vogt and the Anthropological Making of the Maya
  2. José Luis Escalona ­Victoria
  3. pp. 244-262
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  1. 11. In Sickness and in Myth: Genetic Avatars of Indigenous Alterity and the Mexican Nation
  2. Vivette García ­Deister
  3. pp. 263-283
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  1. Epilogue. Beyond Alterity, Beyond Occidentalism: “Indigenous Other” and “Western Self ” in Mexico
  2. Paul K. Eiss
  3. pp. 284-296
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-312
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