God and Production in a Guatemalan Town by Sheldon AnnisGod and Production in a Guatemalan Town by Sheldon Annis

God and Production in a Guatemalan Town

bySheldon Annis

Paperback | January 1, 1988

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Since the late 1970s, Protestantism has emerged as a major force in the political and economic life of rural Guatemala. Indeed, as Sheldon Annis argues in this book, Protestantism may have helped tip Guatemala's guerrilla war in behalf of the army during the early 1980s.

But what is it about Protestantism—and about Indians— that has led to massive religious conversion throughout the highlands? And in villages today, what are the dynamics that underlie the competition between Protestants and Catholics?

Sheldon Annis addresses these questions from the perspective of San Antonio Aguas Calieutes, an Indian village in the highlands of midwestern Guatemala. Annis skillfully blends economic and cultural analysis to show why Protestantism has taken root. The key "character" in his drama is the village Indian's tiny plot of corn and beans, the milpa, which Annis analyzes as an "idea" as well as an agronomic productive system. By exploring "milpa logic," Annis shows how the economic, environmental, and social shifts of the twentieth century have acted to undercut "the colonial creation of Indianness" and, in doing so, have laid the basis for new cultural identities.

Title:God and Production in a Guatemalan TownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:197 pages, 9 × 6.06 × 0.58 inPublished:January 1, 1988Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292727429

ISBN - 13:9780292727427


Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. How to Get an Indian’s Attention
  • 2. Colony of a Colony
  • 3. The Economy of a “Rich” Indian Town
  • 4. Milpa Logic and Wealth Differentiation
  • 5. The Production of Christians
  • 6. Religion and Why Women Weave
  • 7. Textile Entrepreneurship and the Economics of Culture
  • 8. Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book is one of the most systematic treatments of Guatemalan community economic behavior in the literature and it deserves a wide audience." - American Anthropologist