Reinventing Practice in a Disenchanted World: Bourdieu and Urban Poverty in Oaxaca, Mexico

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Over the course of my fieldwork and the writing of this book, many people have been generous with their help. First and foremost, I am grateful for the life of Pierre Bourdieu, who, long before he died, helped and encouraged me in this project, and spent many hours with me making sure that I understood his sociology. His work has changed the entire field of social theory in Europe and the United States. What many readers perhaps do not realize is that he was a kind, mentoring person with regard to his younger students and colleagues. His heart was full.

I am particularly indebted to my friends, compadres, and informants from Colonia Hermosa who continued over the years to give of their time, information, and ideas so that I might complete my project. I also want to thank those anthropologists who worked with me in Oaxaca many years ago, and those who welcomed me back to Oaxaca in the late 1990s: Michael Higgins, the late Cecil Welte, Arthur Murphy, and Martha Rees.

I would especially like to thank Deborah Heath, Lane Hirabayashi, Jacey Laborte, Larry Lipin, Rick Jobs, Jules Boykoff, Sarah Phillips, Theresa May (editor), and Susanna R. Hill (editorial fellow) for their encouragement and suggestions. Above all, I am very grateful to Chris Wilkes, who read many drafts of this book. He has been most generous with his time, his support, and his editing acumen.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank Pacific University and the National Science Foundation for supporting my fieldwork during the 1990s.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • To the Reader ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1- Colonia Life in Oaxaca 12
  • Chapter 2- Creating the Object of Study 27
  • Chapter 3- Consuelo's Story 40
  • Chapter 4- Place Andi Dentity 55
  • Chapter 5- Work, Money, and Dreams- Transforming Capital 89
  • Chapter 6- Social Capital as a Strategic Choice 111
  • Chapter 7- The Disenchanted World and the Question of Success 143
  • Chapter Summaries and Discussion Questions Forteachers and Students 154
  • Notes 161
  • Bibliography 167
  • Index 171
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