An extraordinary exploration of the dangers, and possibilities, facing human communities today, Transforming Communities rejects the current myth that capitalism, led by global corporations, is providing the solutions we require to survive and prosper in the decades ahead. Quite a different path is offered to us by Mother Earth, Dr. Luttrell suggests, and it is the best hope for life on this planet, our own lives included. The book is an effort to outline the direction this path would take us, and the multifaceted transformation that it entails for our communities. It is also informed by the work of others, including environmentalists, social analysts, social biologists and anthropologists.
Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas
In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico’s cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. In the concluding chapter, an ascetic worldview illustrated through corn god mythology points to meaningful ways of countering current trends of social and ecological impoverishment.
What is revolution? In this text Barry Barlow traces the emergence of modern revolution from the early 1500s. After setting the stage by comparing and contrasting the main revolutionary movements from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, he goes on to look specifically at the revolutionary movements in Latin America during this century.