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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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Peasant Localism as “Regionalism”: Peasant and State in Morelos

Peasant Localism as “Regionalism”: Peasant and State in Morelos

(p.143) 8 Peasant Localism as “Regionalism”: Peasant and State in Morelos
Exits from the Labyrinth

Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

University of California Press

This chapter presents a discussion on peasant regionalism. Peasant regionalism is based on the morality of peasant production plus the metaphor of the community. In this particular form of regionalism, Morelos is seen as a set of quasifamilies (communities with their inherited right to land) that are interrelated through alliance. It then tries to place peasant localism ideologies in the historical periodization of regional culture. There is a long tradition of peasant localism and regionalism wherein the family, the neighborhood, the community, and the region (a “league of communities”) are all metaphorically interconnected. Intimate cultures in Morelos revolve around three coherent poles: a pole of peasant coherence, a pole of petit-bourgeois coherence, and a pole of proletarian coherence.

Keywords:   peasant localism, peasant regionalism, Morelos, regional culture, family, neighborhood, community

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