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    DescriptionDevelopment and economic change are often seen as destructive to the family and to other traditional forms of social organization. Wilk's study of household ecology reveals that the Kekchi Maya of Belize have responded by creating new forms of family organization, working together to face challenges posed by development. Not merely survivors of an ancient splendor, the Kekchi Maya build upon their rich heritage to approach such problems as ethnic strife and rainforest destruction as creative agents. Wilk combines a wealth of detail on agricultural calendars, hunting practices, land tenure, and labor exchanges in a general interpretation of cultural and ecological transformation. He provides a comprehensive analysis of how tropical farmers survive in the difficult rainforest environment, tracing the ingenuity and adaptability of Mayan culture. Fully incorporating the historical context of ecological processes, he documents the importance of household organization in shaping the trajectory of ecological change and shows how delicate this adaptation can be. Analyzing household response to localized economic and ecological settings, Wilk argues that the transformation of the rural economy and of Mayan culture proceeds through the conjunction of global and local processes. The Kekchi refuse to fit into the models of economic evolution set forth in existing scholarship. This sensitive and well-written study challenges current orthodoxies about economic and social change and suggests new approaches to rural development and household ecology.

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    Household Ecology
    Economic Change and Domestic Life among the Kekchi Maya in Belize
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard R. Wilk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780875805757
    ISBN 10: 0875805752

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CUS
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, HBJK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, JHM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 40, 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/RURAL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC015000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000, HIS028000
    B&T Approval Code: A33660000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS038000, SOC026020, SOC002010
    DC22: 304.20899741
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    DC21: 304.208997415
    DC22: 304.2/089/97415
    LC classification: F1465.2.K5 W55 1997
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, JHM, NHTB, NHK, JBSL11
    Edition statement
    Northern Illinois University Press
    Imprint name
    Northern Illinois University Press
    Publication date
    01 December 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Dekalb, IL
    Review quote
    "A well-developed case study of households among the lowland Maya.... Takes one to the frontier of this subject."--"American Anthropologist""Challenges conventional images of traditional societies.... An excellent critique of recent theories of economic change in rural societies, well supported by high standards of ethnographic and historical research.... A first-rate study."--"American Scientist ""A major step toward explaining how people participate in those processes of social and economic change that have been so dramatically shaping their world for almost five centuries."--"Hispanic American Historical Review"