Blood ties: life and violence in rural Mexico

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Some regions of rural Mexico have witnessed in recent years a dramatic increase in the incidence of violence. Among Chatino villages, statistics for sex and age reveal that there is a greater than 30 percent chance that a man will be killed before he reaches the age of fifty. A personal account of this violence now emerges in the life story of Don Fortino, a merchant familiar with many people in the region. His story constitutes the first half of the book. The following chapters explore the various aspects of conflict from his narrative, and the first hand experiences of the author. While some forms of violence are shown to have pre-Columbian roots, the blood feuds that wrack the countryside today originated after World War II when coffee growers began to expropriate communal lands. Don Fortino's explanations of violence are compared with those provided by social scientists who have studied rural Mexico, and the book goes on to consider the strategies people use to avoid or deal with violence, and to address patterns of conflict and the process of dispute expansion or resolution. -from Publisher

Original languageEnglish (US)
Journal[No source information available]
StatePublished - 1989

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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