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An Economic and Family Analysis of Tepoztln The Mexican village of Tepoztln lies due south of the capital of Mexico City It is not a remote area and the people who dwell there are not untouched by humanity They actively participate in their nations laws and government However an anthropological study reveals features that are interesting and unique even though a poor and civilized town may seem to be ordinary and commonplace to the untrained eye This report will focus on the economic systems that are present in Tepoztln as well as how their marriage family and kinship structures are classified The economy of Tepoztln has many traits and characteristics that make it seem to be fairly common Oscar Lewis describes this facet of the town generally in his book Tepoztln - Village In Mexico when he states Tepoztln may be designated as a peasant society in the sense that it has an old and stable population the villagers have a great attachment to the land agriculture is the major source of livelihood the technology is relatively primitive hoe and plow and production is primarily for subsistence with barter persisting although the people also participate in a money economy Lewis 1 The presence of property ownership a definition of wealth according to that property a developed system of trade use of a plow and oxen and occupation specialization seem to make it a familiar situation However because of some other traits such as collective labor subsistence production barter and a fear of displaying wealth except on ceremonial occasions the Tepoztln economy resists traditional classification The people of Tepoztln depend mostly on food production techniques to sustain themselves as well as to provide commerce for their economy There are two different kinds of farming systems present in Tepoztln Gary Ferraro defines agriculture in his work Cultural Anthropology An Applied Perspective as a form of food production that requires intensive working of the land
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