The Spanish-Americans of New Mexico: A Heritage of Pride

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Chapter IV
SOCIAL SYSTEM

In this chapter the characteristics of the interpersonal relationships which bind Hispanos one to another in various kinds of social structures will be considered, as well as those which articulate Hispanos, both as individuals and in groups, with the broader society in New Mexico and elsewhere in the United States. The Spanish-speaking population of this state may in no way be considered a homogeneous unit, as was suggested in the preceding chapter. There are several important divisions which reflect different vested interests but which nevertheless cross-cut this population in different directions or dimensions, thus preventing it from being hopelessly split into schisms. Kroeber long ago noted a similar structural situation among the Zuni. He commented in 1917 (p. 183) as follows:

Four or five different planes of systematization cross-cut each other and thus preserve for the whole society an integrity that would speedily be lost if the planes merged and thereby inclined to encourage segregation and fission. The clans . . . , the fraternities, the priesthoods, the kivas, in a measure the gaming parties, are all dividing agencies. If they coincided, the rifts in the social structure would be deep; by countering each other they cause segmentations

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vi
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Notes xv
  • Chapter I - Setting 5
  • Notes 14
  • Chapter II - Language, Race, and Culture 15
  • Notes 30
  • Chapter III - Early Settlement and Traditional Culture 33
  • Notes 55
  • Chapter IV - Social System 58
  • Notes 83
  • Chapter V - Voluntary Associations 86
  • Notes 114
  • Chapter VI - The Wages of Change 116
  • Notes 134
  • Chapter VII - Effects of Urbanization 136
  • Notes 176
  • Chapter VIII - The Continuing Scene: Activism in New Mexico, 1966-1969 179
  • Notes 195
  • Chapter IX - Summary and Conclusions 197
  • Notes 213
  • Bibliography 215
  • Index 237
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