Indian Localism

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:
Indian Localism

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This chapter demonstrates the ways in which localist ideology operates in Indian community. The substance of the interviews with Juan Santos is reported. It then addresses what this sort of material implies for Indian localist ideology and the relation between Indian intimate culture and the position of these cultures in regional hegemonic organization. Furthermore, it considers the ideology of the Hispanic God; the conversion of Tancanhuitz de Santos into a Huastec place name; the love of law and order over chaos; the role of el socio in ritual; and the ideology of parallel worlds (Indian and Mestizo) that are linked by God and government. It is noted that Huastecan (Indian) localist ideologies defend two major kinds of public spaces: communal territory and control over internal government and religion. Localist ideology is expressed by way of assimilating the culture of social relations into intimate culture, which is called syncretism.

Keywords: Indian localist ideology; Indian community; Juan Santos; Hispanic God; Tancanhuitz de Santos; Mestizo; God; government

Chapter.  7698 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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