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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This book takes on the myth of a homogeneous Mexican culture in which the Spanish and Indigenous cultures have properly mixed. Instead it tells the story of two separate cultures: one, the dominant culture which rules Mexico socially, politically, and economically, and of the second culture, the Indigenous culture which lives and thrives underneath the dominant one.
Often times the dominant culture will share pride in it's Indigenous past, praising the Aztecs, using their imagery and glory, while at the same time ignoring, suppressing, and often marginalizing its indigenous present. It is this hypocrisy or duality depending on your point of view that this book takes on.
What an eye-opener! Who knew there were more Indians in Mexico City than anywhere else? I always knew in a vague way that the Indians in Mexico never went away.
And I knew they loved cities and had a huge and very ancient civilization. I just did not know that it had survived as well as the author describes. I cannot recommend this book more highly. The author is a major anthropologist, but the book is written for the well educated lay public. This book will explain how we Mexicans have multiple identities. This is a powerful analysis of Mexico and the continuing esistence of the civilization encountered by the Spanish.
This insight delivered by Bonfil Batalla is a must for understanding Mexico with application to the larger question of indigenous peoples in all the Americas, including strands of thought for some understanding of its application to Mexican-American and Chicano culture. A must read for those pursuing greater understanding of this powerful encounter and history. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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Mexico Profundo Civilizacion Negada by Guillermo Bonfil Batalla
Guillermo Bonfil Batalla July 29, - was a Mexican writer who was also trained as an ethnologist and anthropologist. For Bonfil Batalla , ethnological research was inextricably linked to anthropology , specifically the ways social realities change. His writing and political works often denounced Mexican discourses, politics, and national institutions that attempted to construct a homogeneous national and popular culture. Bonfil believed that the project of constructing a singular popular culture happens at the expense of excluding indigenous cultures and other minority groups in Mexico. This exclusion and suppression of indigeneity in the country led Bonfil to observe that there were political mobilizations that called for increased democracy and cultural plurality. He called on national institutions to respond to this demand through the creation and renovation of the institutions themselves. Bonfil efforts to create a museum as an anti hegemonic space through ethnographic methods is in response to his belief that museums were in a generalized crisis of cultural elitism.
Guillermo Bonfil Batalla