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Download Ä The Grimace of Macho Ratón: Artisans, Identity, and Nation in Late-Twentieth-Century Western Nicaragua 105 In this creative ethnography Les W Field challenges a post Sandinista national conception of identity one that threatens to constrict the future of subaltern Nicaraguans Drawing on the works and words of artisans and artisanas Indians and mestizos Field critiues the national ideology of ethnic homogeneity and analyzes the new forms of social movement that have distinguished late twentieth century Nicaragua As a framework for these analytic discussions Field uses the colonial era play El Gegence o Macho Ratn and the literature relating to itElite appropriations of El Gegence construe it as an allegory of mestizo national identity in which mestizaje is defined as the production of a national majority of ethnic.characters The Grimace of Macho Ratón: Artisans, Identity, and Nation in Late-Twentieth-Century Western Nicaragua
Download Ä The Grimace of Macho Ratón: Artisans, Identity, and Nation in Late-Twentieth-Century Western Nicaragua 105 Ins the reemergence of politicized indigenous identity in western Nicaragua and relates this to the longer history of artisan political organization Parting ways with many scholars who associate the notion of mestizaje with identity loss and hegemony Field emphasizes its creativeproductive and insightful meanings With an emphasis on the particular struggles of women artisans he explores the reasons why forms of collective identity have posed various kinds of predicaments for this marginalized class of western NicaraguansThis book will appeal to readers beyond the field of Latin American anthropology including students and scholars of literature intellectual history womens studies and the politics of ethnicit.
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Download Ä The Grimace of Macho Ratón: Artisans, Identity, and Nation in Late-Twentieth-Century Western Nicaragua 105 Ally bounded non Indians in active collaboration with the state By contrast Field interprets the play as a parable of cultural history and not a declaration of cultural identity a scatological reflection on power and the state and an evocation of collective loss and humor broadly associated with the national experience of disempowered social groups By engaging with those most intimately involved in the performance of the playand by including essays by some of these artisansField shows how El Gegence tells a story about the passing of time the absurdity of authority and the contradictions of coping with inheritances of the past Refusing essentialist notions of what it means to be Indian or artisan Field expla.