Institutions réciprocitaires et projets productifs dans les communautés totonaques (Mexique): Sociabilité communautaire vs. intérêt matériel ? ou l’action collective comme le troisième terme d’une fausse opposition

Translated title of the contribution: Reciprocity Institutions and economic projects in Totonac communities (Mexico): Community solidarity vs material interest? or collective action as the third term of a false opposition

Nicolas Ellison

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Abstract

The subordination in value of economic practices within social norms is a central feature of the social reproduction of Totonac peasant society. This is revealed through the principles of reciprocity towards the divinities and within ritualised work exchange at the founding of the “production of society”. Increasing political competition between different rural development projects and the associated collective actions stand in tension with these norms of sociability. Yet, by distinguishing different levels and settings of social link (village community, territorial community, work exchange systems, etc.), the aim of this article is to show how the internal fragmentation and the competing collective actions rather constitute the conditions for a redefinition of sociability within a quest for a relative autonomy through the access to external resources. Hence, material interests do create tensions but at the same time are vectors of a complementarity between collective actions and redefinition of the social cohesion.
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationLien social et intérêts matériels dans les processus d'action collective
EditorsEric Sabourin, Martine Antona
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherCIRAD and MAUSS
Pages115-131
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)2914819072, 978-2914819077
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NamePetite bibliothe`que du MAUSS
PublisherMAUSS
ISSN (Print)1760-2645

Keywords

  • collective action
  • reciprocity
  • economic development
  • Mexico
  • Totonac
  • Fair trade coffee

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    Ellison, N. (2005). Institutions réciprocitaires et projets productifs dans les communautés totonaques (Mexique): Sociabilité communautaire vs. intérêt matériel ? ou l’action collective comme le troisième terme d’une fausse opposition. In E. Sabourin, & M. Antona (Eds.), Lien social et intérêts matériels dans les processus d'action collective (pp. 115-131). (Petite bibliothe`que du MAUSS). CIRAD and MAUSS.