By Elizabeth Emma Ferry

Elizabeth Ferry explores how contributors of the Santa Fe Cooperative, a silver mine in Mexico, provide intending to their exertions in an period of rampant globalization. She analyzes the cooperative's practices and the significance of patrimonio (patrimony) of their knowing of labor, culture, and group. extra in particular, she argues that patrimonio, a trust that sure assets are inalienable possessions of an area collective handed all the way down to next generations, has formed and sustained the cooperative's experience of identification.

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The walls of this chapel are freshly whitewashed, and cut flowers are placed on the altar weekly. Swallows swoop and roost among the beams. s a n ta f e c o o p e rat i v e  The Valenciana is the most famous of the Cooperative mines. It was mined extensively from its first bonanza in 1768 to the beginning of the War of Independence in 1810. In 1804 Alexander von Humboldt reported that “in 1771 they [the owners of the mine, António Obregón y Alcocer and Pedro Feliciano Otero] drew enormous masses of silver and from that period until 1804, when I quitted New Spain, the mine of Valenciana has continually yielded an annual produce of more than 14 millions of livres Tournois (L583,380)” (Humboldt 1811: 153).

My examination of patrimony in the Santa Fe Cooperative demonstrates the power of inalienability at the very heart of a long-standing capitalist economic formation. By studying how ideas of inalienability are negotiated within the contemporary context of commodity production for a global market, this book provides a new perspective on the process and consequences of classifying objects as inalienable. These include the future of Mexican nationalism, the proper obligations of workers, citizens, corporations, and the state, and the production of legitimate collectivities in the face of rapid political and economic change.

By focusing on the ways in which Mexicans assign qualities of value to resources, and use these assignments to debate the nature of competing and overlapping collectivities, it also provides tools for reexamining the workings of power in contemporary Mexico. Wolf posits a four-part scheme of “modes” of power—individual, interpersonal, tactical or organizational, and structural—but he focuses on the last two of the four aspects of power that he outlines. ” 5 “Structural” power, on the other hand, “orchestrates the settings themselves” (1992: 587).

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