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The University of Arizona Press is the premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works in the state of Arizona. They disseminate ideas and knowledge of lasting value that enrich understanding, inspire curiosity, and enlighten readers. They advance the University of Arizona’s mission by connecting scholarship and creative expression to readers worldwide.

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Rethinking the Aztec Economy

The University of Arizona Press

Rethinking the Aztec Economy brings together leading scholars from multiple disciplines to thoroughly synthesize and examine the nature of goods and their movements across rural and urban landscapes in Mesoamerica. In so doing, they provide a new way of understanding society and economy in the Aztec empire.

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The Value of Things

Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region

The University of Arizona Press

The Value of Things examines the social and ritual value of commodities in Mesoamerica, providing a new and dynamic temporal view of the roles of trade of commodities and elite goods from the prehistoric Maya to the present. Well-known scholars examine the value of specific commodities in a broad time frame—from prehistoric, colonial, and historic times to the present.

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Foreign Objects

Rethinking Indigenous Consumption in American Archaeology

The University of Arizona Press

Foreign Objects demonstrates the breadth and vibrancy of contemporary archaeology. Taking a broad set of archaeological cases from across the Americas, editor Craig N. Cipolla and the volume contributors explore how indigenous communities have socialized foreign objects over time. The book critiques the artificial divide between prehistory and history, studying instead the long-term indigenous histories of consumption, a term typically associated with capitalism and modern-world colonialism.

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The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region

Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions

The University of Arizona Press

Not a static entity, the transborder region is peopled by ever-changing groups who face the challenges of social inequality: political enforcement of privilege, economic subordination of indigenous communities, and organized resistance to domination. Editors Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman envision this region as involving diverse and unequal social groups in dynamic motion over thousands of years. Thus the historical interaction of the U.S.-Mexico border, however massively unequal and powerful, is only the most recent manifestation of this longer history and common ecology.

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River Dialogues

Hindu Faith and the Political Ecology of Dams on the Sacred Ganga

The University of Arizona Press

In River Dialogues, Georgina Drew offers a detailed ethnographic engagement with the social movements contesting hydroelectric development on the Ganga River. The book examines how complex cultural politics succeeded in influencing an unprecedented reversal of government plans for three contested hydroelectric projects, and how that decision sparked ripples of discontent after being paired with the declaration of a conservation zone where the projects were situated. River Dialogues critically engages with the growing global advocacy of the “green economy” model for environmental stewardship.

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Behind the Mask

Gender Hybridity in a Zapotec Community

The University of Arizona Press

Combines historical analysis, ethnographic field research, and interviews conducted with los muxes of Juchitán, a hybrid third gender, over a period of seven years. Sociologist Alfredo Mirandé observed community events, attended muxe velas, and interviewed both muxes and other Juchitán residents. Prefaced by an overview of the study methods and sample, the book challenges the ideology of a male-dominated Mexican society driven by the cult of machismo, featuring photos alongside four appendixes.

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At the Border of Empires

The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934

The University of Arizona Press

The border between the United States and Mexico, established in 1853, passes through the territory of the Tohono O’odham peoples. This revealing book sheds light on Native American history as well as conceptions of femininity, masculinity, and empire.

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U.S. Central Americans

Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance

The University of Arizona Press

U.S. Central Americans explores the shared yet distinctive experiences, histories, and cultures of 1.5-and second-generation Central Americans in the United States. While much has been written about U.S. and Central American military, economic, and political relations, this is the first book to articulate the rich and dynamic cultures, stories, and historical memories of Central American communities in the United States. Contributors to this anthology—often writing from their own experiences as members of this community—articulate U.S. Central Americans’ unique identities as they also explore the contradictions found within this multivocal group.

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Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change

Experiences from Rural Latin America

The University of Arizona Press

Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change presents examples from Paraguay, Brazil, and Colombia, examining what is necessary for smallholder agricultural cooperatives to support holistic community-based development in peasant communities. Reporting on successes and failures of these cooperative efforts, the contributors offer analyses and strategies for supporting collective grassroots interests. Illustrating how poverty and inequality affect rural people, they reveal how cooperative organizations can support grassroots development strategies while negotiating local contexts of inequality amid the broader context of international markets and global competition.

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After the Wildfire

Ten Years of Recovery from the Willow Fire

The University of Arizona Press

Naturalist John Alcock details the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in the lower reaches of Arizona’s Mazatzal Mountains. Documenting for a decade the chaparral landscape left in the wake of the Willow fire, Alcock thrills at the renewal of the region as he hikes in and photographs plants and animals in a once-blackened wildland now teeming with resurgent life.

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Postcards from the Sonora Border

Visualizing Place Through a Popular Lens, 1900s–1950s

The University of Arizona Press

Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as centers of commerce and as tourist destinations. Postcards from the Sonora Border reveals how images—in this case the iconic postcard—shape the way we experience and think about place. Making use of his personal collection of historic images, Daniel D. Arreola captures the evolution of Sonoran border towns, creating a sense of visual “time travel” for the reader. Supported by maps and visual imagery, the author shares the geographical and historical story of five unique border towns—Agua Prieta, Naco, Nogales, Sonoyta, and San Luis Río Colorado.

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Iep Jaltok

Poems from a Marshallese Daughter

The University of Arizona Press

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner raises a call to action as the seas rise over the Marshall Islands. Weaving together history, personal experience, and Marshallese perspectives, the author provides a glimpse into a culture and people that is ancient and resilient—but that is also changing and adapting to each new threat. She uses the power of poetry to demand justice in the face of the devastating effects of climate change on her home island. Iep Jaltok is the first published book of poetry written by a Marshallese author.

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Long Stories Cut Short

Fictions from the Borderlands

The University of Arizona Press

Art and bilingual prose illuminate hidden lives.

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Stealing Shining Rivers

Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forest

The University of Arizona Press

Named Best Social Sciences Book (Latin American Studies Association, Mexico Section), this book describes how Chimalapas, a rainforest in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, was appropriated and redefined by environmentalists. Molly Doane demonstrates that good intentions are not always enough to produce results that benefit both a habitat and its many different types of indigenous inhabitants.

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All They Will Call You

The University of Arizona Press

Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, Tim Z. Hernandez reconstructs the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,” which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including at least twenty-eight Mexican citizens—farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Pushing narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, Hernandez renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948.

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Alcohol in Latin America

A Social and Cultural History

The University of Arizona Press

The first interdisciplinary study to examine the historic role of alcohol across Latin America and over a broad time span. Contributors use the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, history, and literature to examine alcohol use in six locations—the Andean region, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico—thus offering a better understanding of race, class, gender, state-building, and more.

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Matrons and Maids

Regulating Indian Domestic Service in Tucson, 1914–1934

The University of Arizona Press

This book recounts the fascinating story of the placing of Native American girls into the homes of white families for domestic service during their summer vacations from boarding schools run by the federal Office of Indian Affairs. It complicates our picture of “women’s work” and the complex involvement of white women as agents of colonization.

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Food Systems in an Unequal World

Pesticides, Vegetables, and Agrarian Capitalism in Costa Rica

The University of Arizona Press

Food Systems in an Unequal World examines regulatory risk and how it translates to and impacts farmers in Costa Rica. Ryan E. Galt shows how the food produced for domestic markets lacks regulation similar to that of export markets, creating a dangerous double standard of pesticide use.

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Land Grab

Green Neoliberalism, Gender, and Garifuna Resistance in Honduras

The University of Arizona Press

This is a rich ethnographic account of the relationship between identity politics, neoliberal development policy, and rights to resource management in native communities on the north coast of Honduras. It also answers the question: can “freedom” be achieved under the structures of neoliberalism?

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Doing Good

Racial Tensions and Workplace Inequalities at a Community Clinic in El Nuevo South

The University of Arizona Press

Throughout the “New South,” relationships based on race, class, social status, gender, and citizenship are being upended by the recent influx of Latina/o residents. Drawing on direct experiences and first-hand interviews, Doing Good provides an informative and fascinating view of how changing demographics are profoundly affecting the new social order.

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