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Economic Change and Domestic Life among the Kekchi Maya in Belize
Richard R. Wilk
"A well-developed case study of households among the lowland Maya.... Takes one to the frontier of this subject."—American Anthropologist
"Challenges conventional images of traditional societies.... An excellent critique of recent theories of economic change in rural societies, well supported by high standards of ethnographic and historical research.... A first-rate study."—American Scientist
"A major step toward explaining how people participate in those processes of social and economic change that have been so dramatically shaping their world for almost five centuries."—Hispanic American Historical Review
Development and economic change are often seen as destructive to the family and to other traditional forms of social organization. Wilk's study of household ecology reveals that the Kekchi Maya of Belize have responded by creating new forms of family organization, working together to face challenges posed by development. Not merely survivors of an ancient splendor, the Kekchi Maya build upon their rich heritage to approach such problems as ethnic strife and rainforest destruction as creative agents.
(1997) 312 pp.
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