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The Cultural Region: A Problematization from the Core

Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

in Exits from the Labyrinth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780520077881
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077881.003.0005
The Cultural Region: A Problematization from the Core

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This chapter problematizes Morelos' regional culture from Morelos' regional core. It also describes the intimate cultures of Cuernavaca. The physical characteristics of Cuernavaca provide clues about the discontinuities in hegemonic cultural projects in Morelos' core. The conceptualization of the city as divided into the five main types of class-based settlements presented is a useful point of departure for a discussion of intimate cultures and of the culture of social relations in the core. There are two major modes of peasant cultural existence in Cuernavaca: as migrants who live in sprawling shanty towns and are employed in the factories or the services, and as dwellers of peasant villages that have been engulfed by the city. The discussion of peasant cultural transformations in Cuernavaca leads directly into the question of emergent forms of proletarian culture. Cuernavacan elites ally themselves to a hegemonic project that is not in their control.

Keywords: regional culture; regional core; Morelos; Cuernavaca; peasant culture; proletarian culture; Cuernavacan elites

Chapter.  11264 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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