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Learning Capitalist Culture : Deep in the Heart of Tejas



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Building on the author's thirty-six years of experience with North Town, this second edition ofLearning Capitalist Culturepresents an updated ethnographic study of the small, economically depressed, predominantly Mexican American south Texas town. Like many communities in the Southwest, North Town has undergone significant cultural and political change since the late 1960s, when the Chicano civil rights movement emerged and challenged the segregated racial order. The resulting racial confrontation between Mexicanos and Anglos created new tensions and problems for North Town youth. Douglas E. Foley examines the way in which these youth learn traditional American values through participation in sports, membership in formal and informal social groups, dating, and interactions with teachers in the classroom. Foley shows how the rituals involved in these activities tend to preserve or reproduce class and gender inequalities, even as Mexicanos transform the racial order. This edition contains updated sections on theory and field methods, as well as an epilogue that revisits many of the characters in the original ethnographic research.

Author Biography

Douglas E. Foley is Professor of Anthropology and of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of From Peones to Politicos: Class and Ethnicity in a South Texas Town, 1900-1987, and The Heartland Chronicles, the latter also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
The Civil Rights Movement Comes to Townp. 1
The Great American Football Ritualp. 28
Finding an Identity in the Social Status Scenep. 63
Working and Playing Around in the Classroomp. 101
Looking Back on the 1970s: An Epiloguep. 135
Constructing a Class Culture Theory of Schoolingp. 173
Reflections of a White Anthropologist on Fieldworkp. 207
Appendix: Data Tablesp. 229
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 243
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
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