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

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

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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

Chapter.  3298 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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