Rights, Resources, Culture, and Conservation in the Land of the Maya

Betty Bernice Faust, E. N. Anderson, John G. Frazier
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 296 sidor

This book is a collection of papers inspired by the work of Mary Elmendorf, a pioneer in applied anthropology and community development. Dr. Elmendorf spent much of her career studying the roles of women in Maya communities, as well as problems of health, community development, human rights and the environment. Unlike the classic festschrift that frequently is little more than a random assembling of papers united only by their being somehow related to the work of the honoree, this collection is intended as a unified work that will provide a detailed view of recent work on cultural ecology, biodiversity conservation, and development among the diverse communities inhabiting the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks in large measure to Mary Elmendorf's work, this region has been an area of particularly creative and exciting projects. The editors of this volume are eager to share findings from these projects with a wider audience.

Written in a sophisticated, but accessible manner, this book will be of ready interest to cultural and biological anthropologists, development planners, international agencies and NGOs as well as any readers concerned about the problems of integrating development, biodiversity, and traditional lifeways in rapidly changing rural and small town situations.


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Introduction An Environmental and Cultural History of Maya Communities in the Yucatan Peninsula
Working with Peoples and Places Through Action A History of the Participatory Research of Mary Lindsay Elmendorf
The Many Worlds of Mayan Women
Shifts of Strategies and Focus of the Conservation Efforts of Pronatura on the Yucatan Peninsula A Personal History
Population and Land Use An Essential Link for Conservation in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
Valuing the Maya Forests
The End of Innocence in a Modernizing Maya Community There Is No More Timber Lets Sell the Land
Economic Political and Environmental Changes in a Yucatec Maya Village
The Landscape of Santa Rita Komchen The Role of Metaphor in the Ecological History of a Yucatecan Rural Estate
The Transformation of Paradise Deep Social and Political Ecology Among the Yucatec Maya of Coba Quintana Roo Mexicoa Dialogical Approach
Womens Human Rights Issues Among the Maya
The Yucatan Syndrome Its Relevance to Biological Conservation and Anthropological Activities
Conclusion Reflections on Rights Resources and Responsibilities in Participatory Research
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BETTY FAUST is Senior Researcher and Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Merida, Yucatan.

E. N. ANDERSON Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside.

JOHN G. FRAZIER is Research Associate at the Conservation and Research Center at the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution.

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