Nov 6, 2009, 6:03 PM
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You don't need a book to tell you what your eyes see everyday.
However Christine Eber's ethnography gives background information on the subject of women's identities, roles, relationships, and sources of power and drinking in the Highland Chiapas, Mexico, community of San Pedro Chenalho.
Read this book published in 2000, some years after our only visit to Chiapas.
Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow
Christine Eber is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New Mexico State University.
There seemed to be little written about Chiapas back then and I don't know if that has really changed much. Mexicans, I know, who live in other states, have described that they feel like strangers/tourists when visiting Chiapas. Also it seems to me that some Mexicans don't even 'see' the poverty/despair around them, because, from their viewpoint, they can do little or nothing about poverty. Some operate from the belief, that the poor have always been among us. Or any number of other beliefs eg. the poor are lazy, naco etc. that justify, non-involvement or social inaction. Some even feel, showing compassion to others, is weakness.
That is not to underplay the effort of other Mexicans that get involved in many ways, shapes or form of bettering the condition of others. Some believe compassion strengthens the social fabric and binds people to each other in a positive way.
There's certainly more than one way to look at anything. Dissuading burglars, is one of them.