The Huasteca as a Hegemonic Region

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:
The Huasteca as a Hegemonic Region

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This chapter presents a description of Huasteca as a hegemonic region. This region is an ecological region that spans parts of several states, the most important of which are Veracruz, Hidalgo, and San Luis Potosí, but also covering portions of Puebla, Queretaro, and Tamaulipas. The major agricultural export crops of the Huasteca are cattle, sugar, citrus fruits, coffee, and piloncillo. There are two major sorts of peasant agricultural products: maize and piloncillo. Some aspects of the organization and transformation of the economic core/periphery structure in Huasteca are then evaluated. Within this core/periphery structure, the capitalized producers benefit from the cheap labor of the peasant periphery; other portions of the regional dominant class also benefit from buying and selling to peasants. Moreover, the aspects of the power of the rancheros in the Huasteca are considered.

Keywords: Huasteca; hegemonic region; economic core; periphery structure; peasant periphery; rancheros

Chapter.  5532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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