Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value, and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico by Elizabeth Emma Ferry

Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value, and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico

byElizabeth Emma Ferry, June Nash

Kobo ebook | October 5, 2005

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Elizabeth Ferry explores how members of the Santa Fe Cooperative, a silver mine in Mexico, give meaning to their labor in an era of rampant globalization. She analyzes the cooperative's practices and the importance of patrimonio (patrimony) in their understanding of work, tradition, and community. More specifically, she argues that patrimonio, a belief that certain resources are inalienable possessions of a local collective passed down to subsequent generations, has shaped and sustained the cooperative's sense of identity.

Elizabeth Emma Ferry is assistant professor of anthropology at Brandeis University.
Title:Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value, and Collectivity in Contemporary MexicoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 5, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231507143

ISBN - 13:9780231507141

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Mexican mining has a dense historical charge. It drove the history of colonization, and it drove the history of labor. As a commodity, silver long represented Mexico on the world stage. As sites of extraction, mines have been key figures of the nationalist imaginary. Elizabeth Ferry's study of value and patrimony in a Guanajuato mining cooperative explains the paradoxical ways in which ore extraction has rooted a community of workers. Her book is a unique contribution to an emerging and new economic anthropology.