México Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization

M xico Profundo Reclaiming a Civilization This translation of a major work in Mexican anthropology argues that Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable force in contemporary Mexican life For Guillermo Bonfil Batalla the remaini

  • Title: México Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization
  • Author: Guillermo Bonfil Batalla Philip A. Dennis
  • ISBN: 9780292708433
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • This translation of a major work in Mexican anthropology argues that Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable force in contemporary Mexican life For Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, the remaining Indian communities, the de Indianized rural mestizo communities, and vast sectors of the poor urban population constitute the Mexico profundo Their lives and ways of unThis translation of a major work in Mexican anthropology argues that Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable force in contemporary Mexican life For Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, the remaining Indian communities, the de Indianized rural mestizo communities, and vast sectors of the poor urban population constitute the Mexico profundo Their lives and ways of understanding the world continue to be rooted in Mesoamerican civilization An ancient agricultural complex provides their food supply, and work is understood as a way of maintaining a harmonious relationship with the natural world Health is related to human conduct, and community service is often part of each individual s life obligation Time is circular, and humans fulfill their own cycle in relation to other cycles of the universe Since the Conquest, Bonfil argues, the peoples of the Mexico profundo have been dominated by an imaginary Mexico imposed by the West It is imaginary not because it does not exist, but because it denies the cultural reality lived daily by most Mexicans Within the Mexico profundo there exists an enormous body of accumulated knowledge, as well as successful patterns for living together and adapting to the natural world To face the future successfully, argues Bonfil, Mexico must build on these strengths of Mesoamerican civilization, one of the few original civilizations that humanity has created throughout all its history.

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    • Guillermo Bonfil Batalla Philip A. Dennis

      Etn logo y antrop logo mexicano egresado de la Escuela Nacional de Antropolog a e Historia Fue director del Instituto Nacional de Antropolog a e Historia, Director General de Culturas Populares Fund el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares A su muerte, se desempe aba como coordinador nacional del Seminario de Estudios de la Cultura del Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Conaculta Para l la investigaci n etnol gica estaba indisolublemente ligada a la transformaci n de la realidad social Fue cofundador del Centro de Investigaci n y Estudios Superiores en Antropolog a Social de la Escuela Nacional de Antropolog a e Historia.



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    • Guillermo Bonfil traza dos Méxicos diferentes en dos categorías bien definidas: 1) El México imaginario, el de los liberales, los ricos, los capitalistas emuladores de Estados Unidos que siempre están intentando --o al menos eso dicen-- llevar al país a un nivel primermundista. 2) El México profundo, aquél que incluye a los pueblos indígenas que han sabido resistir el embate durante 500 años y que siguen existiendo de forma autónoma pero en la periferia del plan económico, político, [...]


    • México Profundo has so much to teach Canada, as Settler Civilization and the Indigenous Nations strive for Truth and Reconciliation in a post-Residential School but decidedly not post-Colonial time. Bonfil Batalla argues persuasively that the very survival of Indigenous Mexico - México Profundo - in all its richness, through 500 years of attempted genocide, indicates that Indigenous Civilization, and perhaps Indigenous Civilization alone has the strength and resilience to see modern Mexico int [...]


    • I read this last year and the year before then when I was taking Professor Roberto Rivera's Aztec Philosophy class at San Francisco State University.It deals with the History of Indigenous Mexico which is divided between Mexico Imaginario (Imaginary Mexico) which is created to resemble European/Western culture that idolizes the modernity and materialism and Mexico Profundo (Real Mexico) which reveals the lives of Indigenous people which covers the history from the time of Aztecs to the arrival o [...]


    • Una visión diferente desde adentro hacia lo que en México se pretende hacer con el modelo de modernización, nuestro país tiene como ventaja una riqueza en cultura y conocimiento que debe ser aprovechada para erradicar los principales problemas sociales y no por el contrario negar este "México Profundo" como si fuera algo pasado o acabado.



    • I do not think one can understand Mexico without reading this book (though that is not to say that in reading this book you will understand Mexico). Batalla's magnum opus is not a history, though it does summarize the nation's history. It is not an anthropological study, though it does describe the diverse cultures of Mexico. It is not a socioeconomic treatise, though it does detail the sociological and economic realities the Mexican people face. So if it is not any of these things, what is it? [...]


    • Perhaps the best book on Mexico ever written. Mexico profundo is the Mesoamerican cultural package under pressure, ignored, disregarded since the arrival of the Europeans. Bonfil called for a cultural pluralism where the pre-Columbian cultural patrimony and practices be implemented, and that the failed Western models be rejected, or at least that they share space with a pluralist culture where people depend on each other and not on the imaginary culture, the imaginary Mexico that has never exist [...]


    • En este libro se propone que a través de la historia de México, después de la colonia, se ha negado a los indígenas estableciendo que han chocado dos realidades mexicanas; el México imaginario ( que implica cuestiones políticas y económicas como el neo-liberalismo y el discurso de modernidad) y el México profundo ( que implica la cosmovisión y organización autóctona).El arqueólogo y autor mexicano, Guillermo Bonfil, llama a la conciencia nacional a formar un México forrado en la mul [...]


    • Intelligently written criticism of the damage of Westeen colonization in Mexico, applicable to all of the Americas. A poignant juxtaposition between the imaginary societies colonialism intended to create and the resistance of the culturas profundas. My only criticism to the author includes the absence of Black Mexico in his book. Bonfil discusses a Mexico made up of Spaniards and Indigenous people, ignoring the already invisible Afro-Mexicano.


    • This is the best book ever written on the Mexican identity and the schism within it. Batalla argues that Mexico needs a new birth of freedom based on its Indian culture and that 500 years of European domination have failed to lift the nation out of its poverty and corruption. Indeed, Mexico is a third world country BECAUSE of the Spanish Conquest. Battalla shows that Mexico remains Indian at its core though the country pretends to be a developing Western nation.


    • This is a very informative book. I read this February 2014 for Native American History class. The thesis is clear and strongly supported. This is not an easy read but is very good if it is being read for a purpose. This book is a translation so it can be slow at times and challenging to read but is very good.


    • Una obra tajante que hace ver un México que muchos no hemos descubierto. Lectura obligatoria para aquellos que deseen entender y aprender sobre la situación actual del indigenismo en México.


    • Lectura obligada para todo mexicano y para todo aquel que busque entender la sociedad moderna en México.


    • interesting take on the sociopolitics of mexico, if somewhat narrow in its concerns. lots of interesting jumping off points.


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