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A Mexican Elite Family, 1820-1980 : Kinship, Class Culture - Larissa Adler Lomnitz

A Mexican Elite Family, 1820-1980

Kinship, Class Culture

Paperback Published: 21st March 1988
ISBN: 9780691022840
Number Of Pages: 312

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This book presents the history of the Gomez, an elite family of Mexico that today includes several hundred individuals, plus their spouses and the families of their spouses, all living in Mexico City. Tracing the family from its origins in mid-nineteenth-century Mexico through its rise under the Porfirio Diaz regime and focusing especially on the last three generations, the work shows how the Gomez have evolved a distinctive subculture and an ability to advance their economic interests under changing political and economic conditions. One of the authors' major findings is the importance of the kinship system, particularly the three-generation "grandfamily" as a basic unit binding together people of different generations and different classes.

The authors show that the top entrepreneurs in the family, the direct descendants of its founder, remain the acknowledged leaders of the kin, each one ruling his business as a patron-owner through a network of clienty2Drelatives. Other family members, though belonging to the middle class, identify ideologically with the family leadership and the bourgeoisie, and family values tend to overrule considerations of strictly business interest even among entrepreneurs.

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
The Gomez and the Social Formation of Mexicop. 15
The Gomez in Contemporary Mexicop. 41
Family and Enterprisep. 104
Kinshipp. 125
Rituals as a Way of Lifep. 157
Ideologyp. 192
Conclusionsp. 231
Five Generations of the Gomez Familyp. 241
Reference Listp. 257
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780691022840
ISBN-10: 0691022844
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 21st March 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.0  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.37