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In this political ethnography of the "marginalized" population of Netzahuacoyotl Izcalli, the fourth largest city in Mexico, Carlos Vélez-Ibañez shows that although marginalized groups seldom emerge the clear winners of political struggles, they gain a sense of autonomy and social power that can never be erased.
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Carlos G. Vélez-Ibañez is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Bureau of Applied Research at the University of Arizona, Tucson.Review:
"A truly remarkable book. . . . The analysis is sophisticated and the ethnography readable and compelling. . . . Persons interested in Mexican social structure at all levels will find resonances and permutations throughout this analysis, and political anthropologists will find this work theoretically profitable." -- Dan Bauer, Anthropology
"Rituals of Marginality documents how organizations of the poor may generate consequences unanticipated both 'from above' and 'from below' [and] highlights the inadequacies of behaviorist, 'vulgar' Marxist, and male- biased modernization theory." -- Susan Eckstein, Contemporary Sociology
"This is a gutsy ethnography written by someone who has not just an excellent feel for the situation, but a remarkable flair for writing tangy English. If you want to know what it was like on the urban frontier when Mexico was jumping with political activity, this is quite simply the best book in English there is." -- Henry Selby, American Anthropologist
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Book Description University of California Press, 1983. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0520048393
Book Description University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110520048393
Book Description University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0520048393