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A Return to Servitude : Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancun - M. Bianet Castellanos

A Return to Servitude

Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancun

Paperback Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780816656158
Number Of Pages: 259

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As a free trade zone and Latin America's most popular destination, Cancun, Mexico, is more than just a tourist town. It is not only actively involved in the production of transnational capital but also forms an integral part of the state's modernization plan for rural, indigenous communities. Indeed, Maya migrants make up over a third of the city's population.
"A Return to Servitude" is an ethnography of Maya migration within Mexico that analyzes the foundational role indigenous peoples play in the development of the modern nation-state. Focusing on tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula, M. Bianet Castellanos examines how Cancun came to be equated with modernity, how this city has shaped the political economy of the peninsula, and how indigenous communities engage with this vision of contemporary life. More broadly, she demonstrates how indigenous communities experience, resist, and accommodate themselves to transnational capitalism.
Tourism and the social stratification that results from migration have created conflict among the Maya. At the same time, this work asserts, it is through engagement with modernity and its resources that they are able to maintain their sense of indigeneity and community.

"M. Bianet Castellanos introduces us to Mayas serving in the tourist meccas of the Yucatan where their ancestors built the temples and pyramids that draw people from all over the world. As they refashion their lives in the playgrounds of transnational tourists she reveals how they are acquiring new notions of personhood and gender, leaving behind the old markers of dress and language as they negotiate and sometimes resist neoliberal premises." --June Nash, author of Mayan Visions: The Quest for Autonomy in an Age of Globalization

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Phantoms of Modernityp. xv
Devotees of the Santa Cruz: Two Family Historiesp. 1
Modernizing Indigenous Communities: Agrarian Reform and the Cultural Missionsp. 18
Indigenous Education, Adolescent Migration, and Wage Laborp. 43
Civilizing Bodies: Learning to Labor in Cancúnp. 77
Gustos, Goods, and Gender: Reproducing Maya Social Relationsp. 110
Becoming Chingón/a: Maya Subjectivity, Development Narratives, and the Limits of Progressp. 141
The Phantom City: Rethinking Tourism as Development after Hurricane Wilmap. 163
Epilogue: Resurrecting Phantoms, Resisting Neoliberalismp. 178
Appendix: Kin Chart of Can Tun and May Pat Familiesp. 183
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780816656158
ISBN-10: 0816656150
Series: First Peoples: New Directions Indigenous Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36