Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village

Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village

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Author(s): Paul Friedrich

Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village deals with a Tar\uescan Indian village in southwestern Mexico which, between and , played a precedent-setting role in agrarian reform. As he describes forty years in the history of this small pueblo, Paul Friedrich raises general questions about local politics and agrarian reform that are basic to our understanding of radical change in peasant societies around the world. Of particular interest is his detailed study of the colorful, violent, and psychologically complex leader, Primo Tapia, whose biography bears on the theoretical issues of the 'political middleman' and the relation between individual motivation and socioeconomic change. Friedrich's evidence includes massive interviewing, personal letters, observations as an anthropological participant (e.g., in fiesta ritual), analysis of the politics and other village culture during -, comparison with other Tar\uescan villages, historical and prehistoric background materials, and research in legal and government agrarian archives.

Collection: JH-Sociology & anthropology,

ISBN: 9780226264813

Paperback / softback

176 pages

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