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NEITHER DOPES NOR DUPES: MAYA FARMERS AND IDEOLOGY

  • Cynthia Robin (a1)
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Drawing inspiration from the work and legacy of Elizabeth Brumfiel, I develop a case study about the lives and religious practices of Maya farmers at the Chan site in Belize, to demonstrate how farmers were neither the dopes, dupes, nor mystified masses of Maya state level ideologies. I use this case study to rethink anthropological theories that attempt to explain the role of state level ideologies in the production of inequality and power, particularly ideas about ideology and false consciousness that are often bundled together and referred to as the ‘dominant ideology thesis.’

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E-mail Correspondence to: c-robin@northwestern.edu
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Elizabeth M. Brumfiel 1992 Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology: Breaking and Entering the Ecosystem – Gender, Class, and Faction Steal the Show. American Anthropologist 94:551567.

Elizabeth M. Brumfiel 2006b Cloth, Gender, Continuity, and Change: Fabricating Unity in Anthropology. American Anthropologist 108:862877.

Marvin Cohodas 1980 Radial Pyramids and Radial-Associated Assemblages of the Central Maya Area. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 39:208–23.

Arthur A. Joyce , Laura A. Bustamante , and Marc N. Levine 2001 Commoner Power: A Case Study from the Classic Period Collapse on the Oaxaca Coast. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 8:343385.

Lisa J. Lucero 2003 The Politics of Ritual: The Emergence of Classic Maya Rulers. Current Anthropology 44:523558.

Lisa J. Lucero 2010 Materialized cosmology among ancient Maya commoners. Journal of Social Archaeology 10:138167.

Cynthia Robin 2002 Outside of Houses: the Practices of Everyday Life at Chan Nòohol, Belize. Journal of Social Archaeology 2:245268.

Cynthia Robin 2012 Chan: an Ancient Maya Farming Community. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Cynthia Robin 2013 Everyday Life Matters: Maya Farmers at Chan. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Cynthia Robin , Andrew R. Wyatt , Laura J. Kosakowsky , Santiago Juarez , Ethan Kalosky , and Elise Enterkin 2012b A Changing Cultural Landscape: Settlement Survey and GIS at Chan. In Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community, edited by Cynthia Robin , pp. 1941. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Cynthia Robin , James Meierhoff , Caleb Kestle , Chelsea Blackmore , Laura J. Kosakowsky , and Anna C. Novotny 2012a Ritual in a Farming Community. In Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community, edited by Cynthia Robin , pp. 113132. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Andrew R. Wyatt 2008 Pine As An Element of Household Refuse In The Fertilization of Ancient Maya Agricultural Fields. Journal of Ethnobiology 28:244258.

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Ancient Mesoamerica
  • ISSN: 0956-5361
  • EISSN: 1469-1787
  • URL: /core/journals/ancient-mesoamerica
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