C-CHANGE Suggested Readings for Yucatan Trip

Below are some topics and questions about the Yucatan peninsula that trainees should have some knowledge of before traveling to this area. Some of these questions are relevant to your research group, so you may already have answers. Following the questions are a few readings and sources suggested by EVRN 720 Climates & Borders teaching faculty that also may be helpful. Please organize yourselves to obtain some of this basic information and share it among yourselves. These would be good topics for discussion on the bus as we travel from place to place, so please be prepared to share your knowledge with everyone.

Topics and Questions

1. Regional Demography—who lives there, what Indigenous groups, what is economy of the region, what relevant history should we know: how will any of these be affected by sea level rise?
2. Regional Biology—what are the dominant plant and animal species (besides mangroves & mosquitos), where do they reside: how will any of these be affected by sea level rise?
3. Regional land use—a map of the region, who does what, where, what kinds of lands are where: how will any of these be affected by sea level rise?
4. Regional Geology—what are the geosphere formations (corals, coastlines, water sources) in the region: how will any of these be affected by sea level rise?

Recommended Reading

  • Baklanoff, E. & Moseley, E., Yucatán in an era of globalization

  • Bevington, G., Maya for Travelers and Students: A Guide to Language and Culture in Yucatan
    Notes from Chris: Just a small, practical, basic language learning book, but contains some nice insights into the rural human geography in practice.

  • Castillo, Bernal Díaz del, Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España
    (English: Real History of the Conquest of New Spain)

  • Ferriss, N., Maya Society under Colonial Rule

  • Florescano, E., Etnia Estado y Nacion

  • Haenn, N., Fields of Power, Forests of Discontent
    Notes from Chris: a more recent book about the Calakmul region, which is in Campeche state but the Yucatan Peninsula. Excellent work on local politics, NGOs, and protected area dynamics in this region which was only settled since the 1980s (very different than long-settled Yucatan state).

  • Ramamoorthy, TP., Bye, R., Lot, A., Biological diversity of Mexico: origins and distribution.

  • Redfield, R., The Village that Chose Progress: Chan Kom Revisited (1970).
    Notes from Chris: John notes this is quite old, but a really excellent work that is worth a look at.

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