San José de Gracia: Mexican Village in Transition by Luis González

San José de Gracia: Mexican Village in Transition

byLuis GonzálezTranslated byJohn Upton

Paperback | January 1, 1982

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The village of San José de Gracia is not mentioned in any history of Mexico, nor is it referred to in any of the annals of the state of Michoacán. It is not to be found at all on most maps, and almost none show its correct location. It is an unknown point in space, in time, and in the consciousness of the Mexican republic.

In Luis González's classic history of the world of San José, he turns his attention in every direction: toward what is lasting and what is ephemeral, everyday and unusual, material and spiritual. The story is, to some extent, the story of rural life anywhere, in any age; to some extent it is peculiar to the world of the peasant all through Mexico's history; and to some extent it can be said to be true only of San José.

The history of San José is also the history of the village as victim of the megalopolis, not only in Mexico but everywhere in our time. With the small community will be lost traditions and a sense of continuity that may prove irreplaceable and essential to human wellbeing. While Luis González does not suggest that he knows what the fate of San José will be, one feels that he knows all too well, and that his questions are only "How?" and "How soon?"

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Title:San José de Gracia: Mexican Village in TransitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:406 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 1982Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292775717

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AbbreviationsPrologue.A Delimitation and Justification of the SubjectSome Remarks on MethodSelf-Defense, Self-Criticism, and AimsNote concerning the Second EditionThree BeginningsThe Mountain LandscapeAn Early History of Construction and DestructionA Society of CowboysPart One. Half a Century in Search of Communion1.The Ranchos (1861-1882)The Subdivision and Sale of the Cojumatlán HaciendaEconomics of the RanchosRanching SocietyReligion, Games, and Insecurity2.The Town (1883-1900)The Generation of the SnowstormThe Founding of San José de GraciaThe Great Fright of 19003. The Ranchos and the Town (1901-1910)The Business World and Social LifeAmusements and Religious Dutiesin Padre Othón's Small WorldWinds from the Outside WorldAll in All, Half a Century of Peaceful and Orderly ProgressPart Two. Thirty Years of Suffering4. The Mexican Revolution (1910-1924)The Madero RevolutionThe Agents of Revolution in San JoséThe Puntada Gang, José Inés Chivez Garcia, and the Spanish InfluenzaGathering Clouds5. The Cristero Revolution (1925-1932)A Few Months BeforeThe UprisingAfter TizapinSan José de Gracia Lifts Its Head Again6. The Agrarian Revolution (1933-1943)The Petitioners, the Petitioned, and the Apportioners of LandThe Origin of Nine EjidosPadre Federico Returns and President Cárdenas Comes to CallIncipit Vita NovaThirty Years of Turmoil: Statistics and ConceptsPart Three. Twenty-five Years of Change7. Withdrawal and Expansion (1943-1956)At the Mercy of the Outside WorldThe Symptoms of TransformationSeasonal Migration to the United StatesThe Permanent Move to Mexico City8. From Yesterday to Today (1957-1967)Priority of the Economic FactorHealth, Water, Electricity, Education, Telephones, and TelevisionTwo Hundred Words More about ChangeNew Aspects of the Landscape and the Town9. The Upper CrustThe Rich and the Middle-Income GroupPolitics from the Top Down, and Vice VersaReligion and Some of Its EnvironsPleasurable Occasions and a Digression concerning Happiness10. The UnderdogsSmall Landowners and Men Who Work for Other MenThe Woman Produces Children, Meals, and ArtToday Many Youngsters Go to SchoolHuman Pests and Other Sources of AnnoyanceThree ConclusionsTimeless ThingsSayings of Yesterday and TodayA Small Epilogue and a PostscriptGlossaryWorks Cited