In Elusive Unity, Armstrong-Fumero examines early
twentieth-century peasant politics and twenty-first-century
indigenous politics in the rural Oriente region of Yucatán.
The rural inhabitants of this region have had some of their most
important dealings with their nation's government as
self-identified "peasants" and "Maya." Using ethnography, oral
history, and archival research, Armstrong-Fumero shows how the same
body of narrative tropes has defined the local experience of
twentieth-century agrarianism and twenty-first-century
Through these recycled narratives, contemporary multicultural
politics have also inherited some ambiguities that were built into
its agrarian predecessor. Specifically, local experiences of
peasant and indigenous politics are shaped by tensions between the
vernacular language of identity and the intense factionalism that
often defines the social organization of rural communities. This
significant contribution will be of interest to historians,
anthropologists, and political scientists studying Latin America
and the Maya.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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