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Exits from the LabyrinthCulture and Ideology in the Mexican National Space$
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Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520077881

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520077881.001.0001

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Class Culture and Intimate Cultures of the Huasteca

Class Culture and Intimate Cultures of the Huasteca

(p.169) 10 Class Culture and Intimate Cultures of the Huasteca
Exits from the Labyrinth

Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

University of California Press

This chapter offers an explanation on intimate cultures of the Huasteca. It is noted that the ranchero intimate culture and mestizo cowboy intimate culture are transformations of a single class-ethnic culture in which class domination is explained in terms of individual prowess and hereditary family traits. The Huastecan peasantry can be ethnically divided into three groups: Nahua peasants, Huasteco peasants and mestizo peasants. The urbanization of the ranchero class has meant that their traditional macho attributes of strength, deftness, and prowess have been curbed somewhat, and that they often must put on shows of these attributes to which they are not at all suited. Furthermore, it summarizes some of the elements of the Huastecan culture of social relations. Huastecan culture of social relations is based on a racially legitimated subordination of Indians and an individually legitimated superiority over other mestizos, and a paternalistic ideology of complementarity between Indians and mestizos.

Keywords:   intimate cultures, Huasteca, ranchero, mestizos, Huastecan peasantry, urbanization, Huastecan culture, social relations

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