ERIC Number: ED114233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-12
Reference Count: N/A
Land Tenure, Economic Transformation, Conflict and Accommodation: An Ethnohistorical Study of a New Mexican Village and Its Land.
Van Ness, John R.
A Spanish American village economy as influenced by changes in its land base, land rights, and the introduction of mercantile capitalism during the U.S. Territorial period in New Mexico was analyzed. Attention was given to differences in village land tenure and exploitative patterns from those imposed with the advent of Anglo American political control and the long-term conflict that resulted. This conflict was first approached in terms of the contrast between ideal legal systems and beliefs regarding land, landholding, and land use and actual cultural practices in both Spanish American and Anglo American societies; thus, the jural rules were seen as they were practiced in this particular environmental setting. The process of accommodation was explored through detailed analysis of the mediating roles played by Spanish American patrons, Anglo American merchants and attorneys, and the functioning of the most important territorial governmental institutions, which were the Surveyor General's Office and the civil courts of law. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico