Reason to Believe: Cultural Agency in Latin American by David Smilde

By David Smilde

Evangelical Protestantism has arguably turn into the fastest-growing faith in South the United States, if now not the realm. For converts, it emphasizes strength of mind and gives a community of communal aid, which jointly have helped many triumph over substance abuse, keep away from crime and violence, and unravel courting difficulties. yet can humans easily choose to think in a faith end result of the merits it reportedly grants? in keeping with large fieldwork between Pentecostal males in Caracas, Venezuela, this wealthy city ethnography seeks a proof for the explosion of Evangelical Protestantism, unraveling the cultural and private dynamics of Evangelical conversion to teach how and why those males make the alternative to transform, and the way they arrive to place confidence in a brand new process of ideals and practices.

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By David Smilde

Evangelical Protestantism has arguably turn into the fastest-growing faith in South the United States, if now not the realm. For converts, it emphasizes strength of mind and gives a community of communal aid, which jointly have helped many triumph over substance abuse, keep away from crime and violence, and unravel courting difficulties. yet can humans easily choose to think in a faith end result of the merits it reportedly grants? in keeping with large fieldwork between Pentecostal males in Caracas, Venezuela, this wealthy city ethnography seeks a proof for the explosion of Evangelical Protestantism, unraveling the cultural and private dynamics of Evangelical conversion to teach how and why those males make the alternative to transform, and the way they arrive to place confidence in a brand new process of ideals and practices.

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Conquest and Survival in Colonial Guatemala: A Historical by George Lovell

By George Lovell

Exposes the colonial roots of difficulties on the center of Guatemala's ongoing political crises George Lovell's vintage paintings, established totally on unpublished archival resources, examines the effect of Spanish rule at the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, an remoted sector of Guatemala working alongside the country's north-western border with Mexico. even if Spanish imperialism left its mark, Lovell unearths that the colourful Maya tradition present in the Cuchumatan highlands was once no longer obliterated and, even though less than significant rigidity, endures to today.

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By George Lovell

Exposes the colonial roots of difficulties on the center of Guatemala's ongoing political crises George Lovell's vintage paintings, established totally on unpublished archival resources, examines the effect of Spanish rule at the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, an remoted sector of Guatemala working alongside the country's north-western border with Mexico. even if Spanish imperialism left its mark, Lovell unearths that the colourful Maya tradition present in the Cuchumatan highlands was once no longer obliterated and, even though less than significant rigidity, endures to today.

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Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin by Jessica Stites Mor

By Jessica Stites Mor

With the tip of the worldwide chilly struggle, the fight for human rights has emerged as some of the most arguable forces of swap in Latin the US. Many observers search the rules of that circulation in notions of rights and versions of democratic associations that originated within the worldwide North. not easy that view, this quantity argues that Latin American neighborhood organizers, intellectuals, novelists, monks, scholars, artists, city pobladores, refugees, migrants, and customary humans have contributed considerably to new visions of political neighborhood and participatory democracy. those neighborhood actors equipped another transnational harmony from lower than with major participation of the socially excluded and activists within the worldwide South.
    Edited via Jessica Stites Mor, this publication bargains fine-grained case experiences that express how Latin America’s re-emerging Left remodeled the struggles opposed to dictatorship and repression of the chilly battle into the language of anti-colonialism, socioeconomic rights, and identity.

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By Jessica Stites Mor

With the tip of the worldwide chilly struggle, the fight for human rights has emerged as some of the most arguable forces of swap in Latin the US. Many observers search the rules of that circulation in notions of rights and versions of democratic associations that originated within the worldwide North. not easy that view, this quantity argues that Latin American neighborhood organizers, intellectuals, novelists, monks, scholars, artists, city pobladores, refugees, migrants, and customary humans have contributed considerably to new visions of political neighborhood and participatory democracy. those neighborhood actors equipped another transnational harmony from lower than with major participation of the socially excluded and activists within the worldwide South.
    Edited via Jessica Stites Mor, this publication bargains fine-grained case experiences that express how Latin America’s re-emerging Left remodeled the struggles opposed to dictatorship and repression of the chilly battle into the language of anti-colonialism, socioeconomic rights, and identity.

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Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America by Miguel Angel Centeno

By Miguel Angel Centeno

What position does battle play in political improvement? Our knowing of the increase of the geographical region relies seriously at the Western eu adventure of warfare. hard the dominance of this version, Blood and Debt seems at Latin America's a lot diversified adventure as extra proper to politics this present day in areas as various because the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. The book's illuminating evaluate of the quite peaceable heritage of Latin the United States from the overdue eighteenth throughout the early 20th centuries finds the shortcoming of 2 severe must haves wanted for warfare: a political and armed forces tradition orientated towards overseas violence and the kingdom institutional potential to hold it out. utilizing leading edge new information reminiscent of tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription documents, the writer rigorously examines how struggle affected the monetary improvement of the country, the production of nationwide identification, and claims to citizenship. instead of development geographical regions and fostering democratic citizenship, he indicates, warfare in Latin the US destroyed associations, proven inner divisions, and killed many with out goal or glory.

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By Miguel Angel Centeno

What position does battle play in political improvement? Our knowing of the increase of the geographical region relies seriously at the Western eu adventure of warfare. hard the dominance of this version, Blood and Debt seems at Latin America's a lot diversified adventure as extra proper to politics this present day in areas as various because the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. The book's illuminating evaluate of the quite peaceable heritage of Latin the United States from the overdue eighteenth throughout the early 20th centuries finds the shortcoming of 2 severe must haves wanted for warfare: a political and armed forces tradition orientated towards overseas violence and the kingdom institutional potential to hold it out. utilizing leading edge new information reminiscent of tax receipts, naming of streets and public monuments, and conscription documents, the writer rigorously examines how struggle affected the monetary improvement of the country, the production of nationwide identification, and claims to citizenship. instead of development geographical regions and fostering democratic citizenship, he indicates, warfare in Latin the US destroyed associations, proven inner divisions, and killed many with out goal or glory.

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Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World (Facts on File by Lynn V. Foster

By Lynn V. Foster

The traditional Mayan civilization of southern Mexico and northerly primary the United States has lengthy been defined as "mysterious," even if students were learning this tradition for centuries. Our view of the Maya has replaced dramatically according to a number of the findings of those students; what have been as soon as regarded as "vacant ceremonial centers," inhabited by way of just a couple of calendar monks and used as areas of formality by means of the encircling peasant farmers, have now been redefined as historical thriving towns of hundreds of thousands of Maya. Hierogliphic inscriptions, as soon as considered astrological mumbo-jumbo, now learn as names of old participants and the towns they governed. The instruction manual to existence within the historical Maya global presents a entire and obtainable connection with the best and such a lot mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to technology, arithmetic, and know-how. The e-book makes a speciality of fresh groundbreaking discoveries whereas offering the civilization's earlist beginnings to its conquest through the Spanish within the sixteenth Century. every one bankruptcy is supplemented by means of an intensive bibliography in addition to photos. unique line drawings, and maps. diversified sections comprise civilization and archaeology, evolution, geography, society and executive, astronomy and the calendar, funerary ideals and customs, and lots of extra,

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By Lynn V. Foster

The traditional Mayan civilization of southern Mexico and northerly primary the United States has lengthy been defined as "mysterious," even if students were learning this tradition for centuries. Our view of the Maya has replaced dramatically according to a number of the findings of those students; what have been as soon as regarded as "vacant ceremonial centers," inhabited by way of just a couple of calendar monks and used as areas of formality by means of the encircling peasant farmers, have now been redefined as historical thriving towns of hundreds of thousands of Maya. Hierogliphic inscriptions, as soon as considered astrological mumbo-jumbo, now learn as names of old participants and the towns they governed. The instruction manual to existence within the historical Maya global presents a entire and obtainable connection with the best and such a lot mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to technology, arithmetic, and know-how. The e-book makes a speciality of fresh groundbreaking discoveries whereas offering the civilization's earlist beginnings to its conquest through the Spanish within the sixteenth Century. every one bankruptcy is supplemented by means of an intensive bibliography in addition to photos. unique line drawings, and maps. diversified sections comprise civilization and archaeology, evolution, geography, society and executive, astronomy and the calendar, funerary ideals and customs, and lots of extra,

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In the Realm of Nachan Kan: Postclassic Maya Archaeology at by Marilyn A. Masson

By Marilyn A. Masson

The triumphing view of the lowland Maya in the course of the Postclassic interval (A.D. 1050-1500) has been one among an impoverished, "degenerated" society without cultural accomplishment. in spite of the fact that, Marilyn A. Masson bargains a clean interpretation of this society as person who represented a posh, refined, broad association of semiautonomous devices that have been heavily built-in, but embraced a decentralized political economy.

In the world of Nachan Kan opens a window on Postclassic Maya styles of cultural improvement and association via a detailed exam of the small rural island of Laguna de On, a place that used to be far away from the governing political facilities of the day. utilizing diachronic research of neighborhood cost styles, ceramic traditions, family and formality gains, and artifacts from the location, Masson tracks developmental adjustments during the Postclassic interval. those info recommend that prosperous styles of financial creation and native and long-distance alternate have been demonstrated inside northern Belize by way of the 11th century, and persisted to enhance, nearly uninterrupted, until eventually the time of Spanish arrival.

In addition, Masson analyzes modern political and spiritual inventive traditions on the temples of Mayapan, Tulum, and Santa Rita to supply a neighborhood context for the adjustments in neighborhood styles at Laguna de On. those cultural adjustments, she keeps, are heavily correlated with the increase of Mayapan to strength and participation of web sites like Laguna de On in a pan-lowland monetary and formality interplay sphere. providing a completely new interpretation of Postclassic Mayan civilization. In the world of Nachan Kan is a needs to for students of Mesoamerican heritage and culture.

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By Marilyn A. Masson

The triumphing view of the lowland Maya in the course of the Postclassic interval (A.D. 1050-1500) has been one among an impoverished, "degenerated" society without cultural accomplishment. in spite of the fact that, Marilyn A. Masson bargains a clean interpretation of this society as person who represented a posh, refined, broad association of semiautonomous devices that have been heavily built-in, but embraced a decentralized political economy.

In the world of Nachan Kan opens a window on Postclassic Maya styles of cultural improvement and association via a detailed exam of the small rural island of Laguna de On, a place that used to be far away from the governing political facilities of the day. utilizing diachronic research of neighborhood cost styles, ceramic traditions, family and formality gains, and artifacts from the location, Masson tracks developmental adjustments during the Postclassic interval. those info recommend that prosperous styles of financial creation and native and long-distance alternate have been demonstrated inside northern Belize by way of the 11th century, and persisted to enhance, nearly uninterrupted, until eventually the time of Spanish arrival.

In addition, Masson analyzes modern political and spiritual inventive traditions on the temples of Mayapan, Tulum, and Santa Rita to supply a neighborhood context for the adjustments in neighborhood styles at Laguna de On. those cultural adjustments, she keeps, are heavily correlated with the increase of Mayapan to strength and participation of web sites like Laguna de On in a pan-lowland monetary and formality interplay sphere. providing a completely new interpretation of Postclassic Mayan civilization. In the world of Nachan Kan is a needs to for students of Mesoamerican heritage and culture.

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Yanomami: The Fierce Controversy and What We Can Learn from by Rob Borofsky, Bruce Albert, Raymond Hames, Kim Hill, Lêda

By Rob Borofsky, Bruce Albert, Raymond Hames, Kim Hill, Lêda Leitão Martins, John Peters, Terence Turner

Yanomami increases questions important to the sector of anthropology--questions about the perform of fieldwork, the construction of data, and anthropology's highbrow and moral imaginative and prescient of itself. utilizing the Yanomami controversy--one of anthropology's most famed and explosive imbroglios--as its start line, this publication attracts readers into not just reflecting on yet refashioning the very middle and soul of the self-discipline. it truly is either the main updated and thorough public dialogue of the Yanomami controversy on hand and an cutting edge and looking out review of the present kingdom of anthropology. The Yanomami controversy got here to public realization during the ebook of Patrick Tierney's best-selling booklet, Darkness in El Dorado, within which he accuses James Neel, a sought after geneticist who belonged to the nationwide Academy of Sciences, in addition to Napoleon Chagnon, whose introductory textual content at the Yanomami might be the best-selling anthropological monograph of all time, of significant human rights violations. This booklet identifies the moral dilemmas of the talk and increases deeper, structural questions about the self-discipline. A part of the ebook is dedicated to a different roundtable during which vital students on various aspects of the problems debate backward and forward with one another. This structure attracts readers into finding out, for themselves, the place they stand at the controversy's--and a lot of anthropology's--central issues. the entire royalties from this publication could be donated to assisting the Yanomami increase their healthcare.

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By Rob Borofsky, Bruce Albert, Raymond Hames, Kim Hill, Lêda Leitão Martins, John Peters, Terence Turner

Yanomami increases questions important to the sector of anthropology--questions about the perform of fieldwork, the construction of data, and anthropology's highbrow and moral imaginative and prescient of itself. utilizing the Yanomami controversy--one of anthropology's most famed and explosive imbroglios--as its start line, this publication attracts readers into not just reflecting on yet refashioning the very middle and soul of the self-discipline. it truly is either the main updated and thorough public dialogue of the Yanomami controversy on hand and an cutting edge and looking out review of the present kingdom of anthropology. The Yanomami controversy got here to public realization during the ebook of Patrick Tierney's best-selling booklet, Darkness in El Dorado, within which he accuses James Neel, a sought after geneticist who belonged to the nationwide Academy of Sciences, in addition to Napoleon Chagnon, whose introductory textual content at the Yanomami might be the best-selling anthropological monograph of all time, of significant human rights violations. This booklet identifies the moral dilemmas of the talk and increases deeper, structural questions about the self-discipline. A part of the ebook is dedicated to a different roundtable during which vital students on various aspects of the problems debate backward and forward with one another. This structure attracts readers into finding out, for themselves, the place they stand at the controversy's--and a lot of anthropology's--central issues. the entire royalties from this publication could be donated to assisting the Yanomami increase their healthcare.

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Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala by Megan E. O'Neil

By Megan E. O'Neil

Now shrouded in Guatemalan jungle, the traditional Maya urban of Piedras Negras flourished among the 6th and 9th centuries, while its rulers erected huge limestone sculptures carved with hieroglyphic texts and photographs of themselves and kinfolk, advisers, and captives. In Engaging historic Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala, Megan E. O’Neil bargains new how one can comprehend those stelae, altars, and panels via exploring how historical Maya humans interacted with them.

These monuments, thought of sacred, have been one of many community’s vital kinds of cultural and non secular expression. Stelae can have held the essence of rulers they venerated, and the gadgets remained loci for reverence of these rulers when they died. utilizing quite a few evidence,O’Neil examines how the varieties, compositions, and contexts of the sculptures invited humans to interact with them and the figures they embodied appears at those monuments now not as inert bearers of pictures yet as palpable presences that existed in genuine area at particular old moments. Her research brings to the fore the fabric and affective strength of those strong gadgets that have been noticeable, touched, and manipulated within the past.

O’Neil investigates the monuments not just in the mean time in their construction but in addition in later years and indicates how they replaced through the years. She argues that the relationships between sculptures of other generations have been played in processions, by which historical Maya humans built-in old dialogues and ancestral commemoration into the landscape.

With the aid of greater than a hundred and sixty illustrations, O’Neil finds those sculptures’ carrying on with existence histories, which long ago century have integrated their fragmentation and transformation into commodities offered at the overseas paintings marketplace. laying off mild on modern day transposition and demonstrate of those historic monuments, O’Neil’s learn contributes to ongoing discussions of cultural patrimony.

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By Megan E. O'Neil

Now shrouded in Guatemalan jungle, the traditional Maya urban of Piedras Negras flourished among the 6th and 9th centuries, while its rulers erected huge limestone sculptures carved with hieroglyphic texts and photographs of themselves and kinfolk, advisers, and captives. In Engaging historic Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala, Megan E. O’Neil bargains new how one can comprehend those stelae, altars, and panels via exploring how historical Maya humans interacted with them.

These monuments, thought of sacred, have been one of many community’s vital kinds of cultural and non secular expression. Stelae can have held the essence of rulers they venerated, and the gadgets remained loci for reverence of these rulers when they died. utilizing quite a few evidence,O’Neil examines how the varieties, compositions, and contexts of the sculptures invited humans to interact with them and the figures they embodied appears at those monuments now not as inert bearers of pictures yet as palpable presences that existed in genuine area at particular old moments. Her research brings to the fore the fabric and affective strength of those strong gadgets that have been noticeable, touched, and manipulated within the past.

O’Neil investigates the monuments not just in the mean time in their construction but in addition in later years and indicates how they replaced through the years. She argues that the relationships between sculptures of other generations have been played in processions, by which historical Maya humans built-in old dialogues and ancestral commemoration into the landscape.

With the aid of greater than a hundred and sixty illustrations, O’Neil finds those sculptures’ carrying on with existence histories, which long ago century have integrated their fragmentation and transformation into commodities offered at the overseas paintings marketplace. laying off mild on modern day transposition and demonstrate of those historic monuments, O’Neil’s learn contributes to ongoing discussions of cultural patrimony.

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Exploring Maya Ritual Caves: Dark Secrets from the Maya by Stanislav Chládek

By Stanislav Chládek

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves bargains a unprecedented survey and explication of many of the recognized old Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves have been the Maya underworld, the place rituals, together with animal and human sacrifice, have been performed. The Maya cave cult and mythology, development and amendment of the caves, and cult artwork and artifacts are mentioned. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes very important caves that he has lately visited and gives photographs in their wonders.

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By Stanislav Chládek

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves bargains a unprecedented survey and explication of many of the recognized old Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves have been the Maya underworld, the place rituals, together with animal and human sacrifice, have been performed. The Maya cave cult and mythology, development and amendment of the caves, and cult artwork and artifacts are mentioned. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes very important caves that he has lately visited and gives photographs in their wonders.

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