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Mexico Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization

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This translation of a major work in Mexican anthropology argues that Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable force in contemporary Mexican life. For Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, the remaining Indian communities, the "de-Indianized" rural mestizo communities, and vast sectors of the poor urban population constitute the Mexico profundo. Their lives and ways of un ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Texas Press (first published 1989)
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LonewolfMX Luna
Oct 12, 2008 LonewolfMX Luna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Raza and Native American majors and who are concerned about Indigenous rights
Recommended to LonewolfMX by: Professor Roberto Rivera
I read this last year and the year before then when I was taking Professor Roberto Rivera's Aztec Philosophy class at San Francisco State University.

It deals with the History of Indigenous Mexico which is divided between Mexico Imaginario (Imaginary Mexico) which is created to resemble European/Western culture that idolizes the modernity and materialism and Mexico Profundo (Real Mexico) which reveals the lives of Indigenous people which covers the history from the time of Aztecs to the arrival o
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Elisa
Guillermo Bonfil traza dos Méxicos diferentes en dos categorías bien definidas:

1) El México imaginario, el de los liberales, los ricos, los capitalistas emuladores de Estados Unidos que siempre están intentando --o al menos eso dicen-- llevar al país a un nivel primermundista.

2) El México profundo, aquél que incluye a los pueblos indígenas que han sabido resistir el embate durante 500 años y que siguen existiendo de forma autónoma pero en la periferia del plan económico, político, social y cul
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John
México Profundo has so much to teach Canada, as Settler Civilization and the Indigenous Nations strive for Truth and Reconciliation in a post-Residential School but decidedly not post-Colonial time. Bonfil Batalla argues persuasively that the very survival of Indigenous Mexico - México Profundo - in all its richness, through 500 years of attempted genocide, indicates that Indigenous Civilization, and perhaps Indigenous Civilization alone has the strength and resilience to see modern Mexico into ...more
Ellie Sharkey
This is a very informative book. I read this February 2014 for Native American History class. The thesis is clear and strongly supported. This is not an easy read but is very good if it is being read for a purpose. This book is a translation so it can be slow at times and challenging to read but is very good.
Luis Eduardo
Una visión diferente desde adentro hacia lo que en México se pretende hacer con el modelo de modernización, nuestro país tiene como ventaja una riqueza en cultura y conocimiento que debe ser aprovechada para erradicar los principales problemas sociales y no por el contrario negar este "México Profundo" como si fuera algo pasado o acabado.
h
interesting take on the sociopolitics of mexico, if somewhat narrow in its concerns. lots of interesting jumping off points.
Pilar
Yo creo que todo mexicano debería leer este libro.
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Etnólogo y antropólogo mexicano egresado de la Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Fue director del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Director General de Culturas Populares. Fundó el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares. A su muerte, se desempeñaba como coordinador nacional del Seminario de Estudios de la Cultura del Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Conaculta). P ...more
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