By Christina T. Halperin
Rather than view the contours of past due vintage Maya social lifestyles exclusively from towering temple pyramids or elite sculptural varieties, this e-book considers a set of small anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and supernatural figurative continues to be excavated from family refuse deposits. Maya Figurines examines those usually missed gadgets and makes use of them to attract out relationships among the Maya nation and its subjects.
These collectible figurines supply a special standpoint for figuring out Maya social and political kin; Christina T. Halperin argues that kingdom politics paintings at the microscale of daily workouts, localized rituals, and small-scale representations. Her finished research brings jointly archeology, anthropology, and paintings background with theories of fabric tradition, functionality, political financial system, ritual humor, and mimesis to make a desirable case for the position politics performs in everyday life. What she unearths is that, through evaluating small-scale collectible figurines with state-sponsored, usually large-scale iconography and elite fabric tradition, you can actually know how diversified social geographical regions relate to and signify each other. In Maya Figurines, Halperin compares gadgets from various families, archeological websites, and areas, focusing specifically on collectible figurines from Petén, Guatemala, and evaluating them to fabric tradition from Belize, the northern highlands of Guatemala, the Usumacinta River, the Campeche coastal region, and Mesoamerican websites outdoor the Maya area. eventually, she argues, usual items aren't easily passive backdrops for very important social and political phenomena. as a substitute, they functionality as major mechanisms in which strength and social lifestyles are intertwined.
Read or Download Maya Figurines: Intersections between State and Household (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture) PDF
Best Central America books
In 1912 the U.S. despatched troops right into a Nicaraguan civil battle, solidifying a decades-long period of army occupations in Latin the United States pushed through the need to rewrite the political ideas of the hemisphere. during this definitive account of the resistance to the 3 longest occupations-in Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic-Alan McPherson analyzes those occasions from the point of view of the invaded themselves, exhibiting why humans resisted and why the troops ultimately left.
In 1700, Latin the US and British North the US have been approximately equivalent in financial phrases. but over the following 3 centuries, the U.S. steadily pulled clear of Latin the United States, and at the present time the distance among the 2 is massive. Why did this ensue? was once it tradition? Geography? fiscal regulations? typical assets?
A most effective quantity in Oxford's Pivotal Moments in global historical past sequence, Americanos deals an engagingly written, compact background of the Latin American wars of independence. continuing nearly cinematically, scene via vibrant scene, John Charles Chasteen introduces the reader to steer avid gamers, uncomplicated strategies, key occasions, and dominant developments, braided jointly in one, taut narrative.
Throughout the Nineteen Nineties, governments, employers, and foreign companies pressed for better flexibility in hard work laws all through a lot of Latin the US. during this comparative examine of six Latin American international locations, Maria Lorena cook dinner exhibits why those universal pressures for flexibility ended in various hard work reform results.
Additional info for Maya Figurines: Intersections between State and Household (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture)