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Oaxaca de Juárez

Talk - The Political Economy Of Indigenous Peasant Communities Of Oaxaca (Part 1)

This is a Welte Institute Presentation. A share of the proceeds will go to supporting the mission of the Welte Institute. This is part of a series of three lectures. Sign up separately for each. It is not necessary to attend all three.e Institute.

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Oaxaca de Juárez, Calle de José María Pino Suárez 519, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

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This series of three lectures will address the economic and political underpinnings of social and cultural life in the indigenous peasant communities of Oaxaca. Ideal models along with their variations will be explored with attention given to intra-community and extra-community relations in historical context. The first two lectures will emphasize “traditional” systems. The third lecture will focus on continuity and change deriving from the pressures of ever increasing of economic and cultural globalization.

Wednesday, January 24  - The social economy in indigenous peasant communities.

The household is the principal economic unit in all peasant economies. This lecture will focus on the household mode of production/consumption in Oaxacan indigenous communities. In doing so it will explore how households obtain and allocate their labor and other productive resources, how they allot their income to satisfy their consumption needs and wants, and how all of this interplays with the social relationships of family, kinship and community. The role of the traditional regional market system will also be examined.


Ronald Waterbury (PhD UCLA) is secretary of the Welte Institute for Oaxacan Studies and emeritus professor of anthropology at Queens College of the City University of New York where he taught for over 30 years. He has carried out research in Oaxaca off and on since 1964, focusing on economy and politics of indigenous communities. Since retiring from teaching in 2000, Ron and his wife, Carole Turkenik, have made Oaxaca their home.


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