Latin America

Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity

Space and Spatial Analysis in Art History
Edited by Maline D. Werness-RudeKaylee R. Spencer

Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity privileges art historical perspectives in addressing the ways the ancient Maya organized, manipulated, created, interacted with, and conceived of the world around them.

Workers Go Shopping in Argentina

The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture
By Natalia Milanesio

Combining theories from the anthropology of consumption, cultural studies, and gender studies with the methodologies of social, cultural, and oral histories, Milanesio shows the exceptional cultural and social visibility of low-income consumers in postwar Argentina along with their unprecedented economic and political influence.

Spiritual Currency in Northeast Brazil

By Lindsey King

This book examines the spiritual community of the followers of St. Francis of Wounds in the town of Canindé in northeast Brazil.

Searching for Madre Matiana

Prophecy and Popular Culture in Modern Mexico
By Edward Wright-Rios

Edward Wright-Rios examines the much-maligned—and sometimes celebrated—character of Madre Matiana and her position in the development of Mexico.

Women Drug Traffickers

Mules, Bosses, and Organized Crime
By Elaine Carey

“The first full-length study of female drug traffickers. The lives of these women are fascinating and skillfully analyzed by the author. The book will be pleasurable reading to general readers and specialists alike.”—Howard Campbell, author of Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez

Tortillas

A Cultural History
By Paula E. Morton

In this entertaining and informative account Paula E. Morton surveys the history of the tortilla from its roots in ancient Mesoamerica to the cross-cultural global tortilla.

Africans into Creoles

Slavery, Ethnicity, and Identity in Colonial Costa Rica
By Russell Lohse

Unlike most books on slavery in the Americas, this social history of Africans and their enslaved descendants in colonial Costa Rica recounts the journey of specific people from West Africa to the New World.

Maya Pilgrimage to Ritual Landscapes

Insights from Archaeology, History, and Ethnography
By Joel W. Palka

Through cross-cultural comparisons, archaeological data, and ethnographic insights, Joel W. Palka addresses central questions about Maya pilgrimage practice and discusses the broad importance of Maya ritual landscapes and pilgrimage for Mesoamerica as a whole.

Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico

By Robert M. Laughlin
Translated by Socorro Gómez HernándezJuan Benito de la Torre

Presented here in English, Tzotzil, and Spanish are forty-two stories told to Robert Laughlin in Tzotzil by the only speaker of Tzotzil left in the village of San Felipe Ecatepec in Chiapas, Mexico. The stories range from mythological sacred stories to historical accounts of life in the twentieth century.

Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz

By Steven B. Bunker

Steven Bunker’s study shows how goods and consumption embodied modernity in the time of Porfirio Díaz, how they provided proof to Mexicans that “incredible things are happening in this world.”

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