Graphik: Bulletpoint Archive: Abstracts issue 1/2018 (English)

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Patricia Zuckerhut: Coffee, Corn and Feasts. The Entanglement of Common Subsistence Cultivation with Market Oriented Economy of Nahuat Speaking Indigenes in Mexico

The article concentrates on how the Nahuat-speaking indigenous population of the Mexican district Cuetzalan (maseualmej) resists processes of dispossession. Dispossession of commons is a fact since the second half of the 19th century. One focus deals with the question, how the Mexican government implemented its »politics of modernization« as a politics of dispossessions of commons and of local forms of knowledge, and how the local communities reacted against this. It is shown that the maseualmej are able to create new forms of commons, respectively retain commons in adapted forms. By this, they manage to keep a distinct indigenous identity.

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