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This page lists work published up to my retirement in August 2014. More recent publications are listed on my new site.


(1991) Casi Nada: A Study of Agrarian Reform in the Homeland of Cardenismo. Studies on Culture and Society No. 4. 420 pp. Albany: Institute of Mesoamerican Studies, State University of New York. (Distributed by University of Texas Press, Austin)

(1993) Casi Nada: Capitalismo, Estado y los Campesinos de Guaracha. 732 pp. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán (Spanish version of 1991 book, enlarged, revised and updated).

(1994) Power and its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics. 248 pp. London and Boulder, Col.: Pluto Press.

(1995) Neoliberalism, Transnationalization and Rural Poverty: A Case Study of Michoacán, Mexico. 241 pp. Boulder, Col., San Francisco and Oxford: Westview Press.

(2000) El poder y sus disfraces: perspectives antropológicas de la política. 414 pp. Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra. (First Spanish Edition, based on revised and extended English Second Edition)

(2000) Power and its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics. 288 pp. London and Boulder, Col.: Pluto Press. Second Edition, revised and extended.

(2004) Cultura y Desafío en Ostula: Cuatro siglos de autonomía indígena en la costa-sierra nahua de Michoacán, 379 pp. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán.

Edited Books

(1988) with B. Bender and M.T. Larsen, State and Society: the Emergence and Development of Social Hierarchy and Political Centralization. 347 pp. London: Unwin Hyman. (reissued in paperback by Routledge, 1995)

(2012) with Patience A. Schell, New Approaches to Resistance in Brazil and Mexico. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Book Chapters

(1977) with M.J. Rowlands, "The relationship between archaeology and anthropology." In M. Spriggs (ed.) Archaeology and Anthropology: Areas of Mutual Interest, pp. 143–58. Oxford: B.A.R. Reprinted, with revisions, in Critique of Anthropology, 2(8).

(1978) "Formative Development in the North American Southwest." In D. Green, C. Hazelgrove and M. Spriggs (eds.), Social Organization and Settlement: Approaches from Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography, pp. 241–290. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

(1981) with M.J. Rowlands, "Materialism and socio-economic process in multilinear evolution." In C. Renfrew and S. Shennan (eds.) Ranking, Resource and Exchange, 1982, pp. 144–150. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(1982) with M.T. Larsen, "The Polanyi paradigm and the dynamics of ancient states: Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica." In C. Renfrew, M.J. Rowlands and B. Segraves (eds.), Theory and Explanation in Archaeology: the Southampton Conference, pp. 197–229. London: Academic Press.

(1984) "The Transformation of ‘Asiatic’ Formations: Late Prehispanic Mesoamerica." In M. Spriggs (ed.), Marxist Perspectives in Archaeology, pp. 135–148. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(1986) "State and Class Formation in Mexico, 16th–19th centuries: frameworks for comparative analysis." In Thomas C. Patterson & Christine Ward Gailey (eds.), 1987, Power Relations and State Formation: Essays from a Marxist Perspective, pp. 117- 154. Washington D.C.: The American Anthropological Association. Republished 1992 by Sheffield Publishing Company (Salem, Wisconsin).

(1988) "Introduction: the comparative study of social and political transitions." In J. Gledhill, B. Bender & M.T. Larsen (eds.), State and Society: the Emergence and Development of Social Hierarchy and Political Centralization, pp. 1–29, London: Unwin Hyman.

(1988) "Legacies of Empire: political centralization and class formation in the Hispanic-American world". ibid., pp. 302–19.

(1989) "The Imperial form and universal history: some reflections on relativism and generalisation." In M.J. Rowlands, D. Miller and C.Tilley (eds.) Domination and Resistance, pp. 106–125. London: Unwin Hyman.

(1993) "Michoacán is different? Neoliberalism, Neocardenism and the hegemonic process". In Neil Harvey (ed.) Mexico: Dilemmas of Transition, pp. 91–117. London: Institute of Latin American Studies and British Academic Press.

(1995) "The State, the Countryside ... and Capitalism". In Robert Aitken, Nikki Craske, Gareth Jones and David Stansfield (eds.) Dismantling the Mexican State? London: Macmillan.

(1995) "Commentary." In Sergio Zendejas and Pieter de Vries (eds.) Rural Transformations Seen From Below: Regional and Local Perspectives From Western Mexico, pp. 69–75. La Jolla: University of California, San Diego, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.

(1996) "Las sociedades frente a la internacionalización: identidades y aspectos culturales de la segmentación social en el Norte y el Sur". In Humberto González Chávez and Jesús Arroyo Alejandre (ed.) Globalización y Regionalización: El Occidente de México, pp. 45–74. Guadalajara: University of Guadalajara Press.

(1997) "Against the Motion (2)" in Peter Wade (ed.) Cultural Studies will be the Death of Anthropology, 8th GDAT Debate, Manchester: Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory.

(1997) "Liberalism, Socio-Economic Rights and the Politics of Identity: From Moral Economy to Indigenous Rights", in Richard Wilson (ed.) Human Rights, Culture and Context: Anthropological Approaches, pp. 70–110. London: Pluto Press.

(1998) "¿Se puede pensar en otra ‘modernidad’ rural?", in Sergio Zendejas and Pieter de Vries (eds.) Las Disputas por el México Rural: Transformaciones de Prácticas, Identidades y Proyectos. Vol. I Actores y Campos Sociales, pp. 103–131. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán.

(1998) "Neoliberalism and Ungovernability: Caciquismo, Militarisation and Popular Mobilisation in Zedillo’s Mexico", in Valentina Napolitano and Xóchitl Leyva Solano (eds.) Encuentros Antropológicos: Power, Identity and Mobility in Mexican Society, pp. 9-28. London: Institute of Latin American Studies.

(1998) "The Indigenous Past in the Mexican Present", in Warwick Bray and Linda Manzanilla (eds.) The Archaeology of Mesoamerica, pp. 68-82. London: British Museum Press.

(1999) "El Reto de la Globalización: Reconstrucción de identidades, formas de vida transnacionales y las ciencias sociales". In Gail Mummert (ed.) Fronteras Fragmentadas, pp. 23–54. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán.

(2001) “La dialéctica región-centro-nación al fin del siglo XX: poderes regionales, poderes transnacionales y la transformación del estado”. In Salvador Maldonado Aranda (ed.) Dilemas del Estado Nacional: Una visión desde la cultura y el espacio regional, pp. 27–53. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán and CIESAS.

(2002) “A Small Discipline: The Embattled Place of Anthropology in a Massified British Higher Education Sector”. In Winnie Lem y Belinda Leach (eds.), Culture, Economy, Power: Anthropology as Critique, Anthropology as Praxis, pp. 73–87. New York: SUNY Press.

(2002) “The Powers Behind the Masks: Mexico’s Elite and Political Class at the End of the Twentieth Century”. In Cris Shore and Stephen Nugent (eds.) Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives, ASA Monographs 38, pp. 39–60. London and New York: Routledge.

(2002) “Some Conceptual and Substantive Limitations of Contemporary Western (Global) Discourses of Rights and Social Justice”. In C.Abel and C.Scott (eds.) Exclusion and Engagement: Social Policy in Latin America, pp. 131–147. London: Institute of Latin American Studies.

(2002) “Anthropology and Politics: Commitment, Responsibility and the Academy”. En Joan Vincent (ed.) The Anthropology of Politics: A Reader in Ethnography, Theory and Critique, pp. 438–451. Malden, Mass. and Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

(2002) "Los pasos difíciles a la ciudadanía amplia: más allá de la transitología", in Marco A. Calderón, Willem Assies and Ton Salman (eds.) Ciudadanía, Cultura Política y Reforma del Estado en América Latina, pp. 501–524. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán and Instituto Federal Electoral Michoacán.

(2003) "Rights and the Poor", in Richard Wilson and Jon Mitchell (eds.) Human Rights in Global Perspective, pp. 209–228. London and New York: Routledge.

(2004) “Neoliberalism”, in David Nugent and Joan Vincent (eds.) A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics, pp. 332–348. Malden, MA, Oxford and Carlton, Victoria: Blackwell Publishing.

(2004) “Corruption as the Mirror of the State in Latin America”, in Italo Pardo (ed.) Between Morality and Law: Corruption, Anthropology and Comparative Society, pp. 155–179. Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company.

(2004) "Introducción: pensando acerca del presente a través del pasado", in Andrew Roth Seneff (ed.) Recursos Contenciosos: Ruralidad y Reformas Liberales en México, pp. 15–39. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán.

(2005) "Land Reform ( Mexico)", in John M. Herrick and Paul H. Stuart (eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America , pp. 218–222. Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi: Sage Publications.

(2005) "The Difficult Steps Towards the Enjoyment of Full Citizenship: Beyond Transitology", in Willem Assies, Marco A. Calderón and Ton Salman (eds.) Citizenship, Political Culture and State Transformation in Latin America, pp. 383–402. Amsterdam: Dutch University Press and El Colegio de Michoacán.

(2005) “¿Por qué necesitamos el campo? La ruralidad y el bienestar social”, in Esteban Barragán López (ed.) Gente de campo: Patrimonios y dinámicas rurales en México Vol. II, pp. 319–341. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán.

(2007) “Indigenous Movements in Mexico: Impasse or Forward Motion?” in Jessica Perkins and Karen Campbell (eds.) Across Borders: Diverse Perspectives on Mexico, pp. 99–116. Toronto: ISCMexico.

(2007) “Reflexiones en torno a los Estados, los subalternos y las relaciones de poder en un mundo de flujos de bienes y personas”, in Sonia Báez Hernández, Anadeli Bencomo and Marc Zimmerman (eds.) Ir y Venir: Procesos Transnacionales entre América Latina y el Norte, pp. 261–283. Santiago, Chile: Bravo y Allende Editores.

(2008) “Anthropology and globalisation”, in Eveline Baumann, Laurent Bazin, Pepita Ould-Ahmed, Pascale Phelinas, Monique Selim and Richard Sobel (eds.) Anthropologues et Économistes Face à la Globalisation. Paris: L’Harmattan.

(2008) “Los territorios indígenas en México: ¿Creación de reservas o bases de la democratización?” in Javier Laviña and Gemma Orobitg (eds.) Resistencia y Territorialidad: Culturas Indígenas y Afroamericanas, pp. 11-30. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. 

(2009) “The Rights of the Rich versus the Rights of the Poor”, in Sam Hickey and Diana Mitlin (eds.) Rights-Based Approaches to Development: Exploring the Potential and Pitfalls, pp. 31–46.  Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press.

(2010) "Hegemonic, Subaltern and Anthropological Cosmopolitics", in Dimitrios Theodossopoulos and Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (eds.) United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalization, pp. 148-167. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.

(2010) “Rebeliones latinoamericanas contra el barrio bajo global: movimientos sociales, estados nacionales y las prácticas de la vida cotidiana”, in Antonio Escobar Ohmstede, Fernando I. Salmerón Castro, Laura R. Valladares de la Cruz and Ma. Guadalupe Escamilla Hurtado (eds.) Reformas del Estado: Movimientos Sociales y Mundo Rural en el Siglo XX en América Latina, pp. 247-286. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

(2011) “The Persistent Imaginary of ‘the People's Oil’: Nationalism, Globalisation and the Possibility of Another Country in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela,” in Andrea Behrends, Stephen P. Reyna, and Günther Schlee (eds.) Crude Domination: An Anthropology of Oil, pp. 165-189. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

(2012) “Introduction: A Case for Rethinking Resistance,” in John Gledhill and Patience A. Schell (eds.). New Approaches to Resistance in Brazil and Mexico, pp. 1-20. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

(2012) “Violence and Reconstitution in Mexican Indigenous Communities,” in Wil G. Pansters (ed.) Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico, pp. 233-251. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

(2012) with Maria Gabriela Hita, “Beyond an Anthropology of 'the Urban Poor',” in Soumhya Venkatesan and Thomas Yarrow (eds.) Differentiating Development, pp. 109-125. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

(2012) “Power in Political Anthropology”, in Mark Haugaard and Kevin Ryan (eds.) Political Power: The Development of the Field, pp. 55-85, IPSA World of Political Science Series, Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

(2012) with Peter Wade, “North and Latin American Societies from a Continental Perspective”, in Richard Fardon, Olivia Harris, Trevor H.J. Marchand, Mark Nuttall, Cris Shore, Veronica Strang and Richard A. Wilson (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology, Volume I, pp. 487-510. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi and Singapore: Sage Publications Ltd and the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth.

(2013) “Redeeming the Promise of Inclusion in the Neo-Liberal City: Grassroots Contention in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil”, in Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys (eds.) Elusive Promises: Planning in the Contemporary World, pp. 117-135. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

(2013) “Desenvolvimento e segurança humana”, in Anete Brito Leal Ivo, Elsa S. Kraychete, Ângela Borges, Cristiana Mercuri, Denise Vitale and Stella Sennes (eds.) Dicionário temático desenvolvimento e questão social: 81 problemáticas contemporâneas, pp. 129-134. São Paulo, Brasilia and Salvador: Annablume, CNPq and FAPESB.

(2014) with Maria Gabriela Hita, “¿Las redes de organización popular aún pueden cambiar la ciudad? El caso de Salvador, Bahía, Brasil”, in Mercedes di Virgilio and Mariano Perelman (eds.) Ciudades Latinoamericanas: Desigualdad, segregación y tolerancia, pp. 85-112. Buenos Aires: CLACSO. This book can be downloaded without charge from the CLACSO-Argentina website at

Articles in Journals

(1980) "Time's Arrow: Anthropology, History, Social Evolution and Marxist theory". Critique of Anthropology Vol 4, No. 16: 3–30.

(1981) "Agrarian Change and the Articulation of Forms of Production: the case of the Mexican Bajío." Bulletin of Latin American Research 1(1): 63–80.

(1982) "La evolución multilineal y el desarrollo del modo asiático de producción." Relaciones (Mexico) 11: 5–43.

(1985) "The Peasantry in History: some notes on Latin American Research." Critique of Anthropology 5(1): 35–56.

(1988) "La destrucción de la hacienda porfiriana en el occidente de Michoacán", Cuadernos (Mexico) 7: 3–15.

(1988) "Agrarian social movements and forms of consciousness". Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol 7(2): 257–276.

(1990) "¿El fin de la comunidad campesina? Reproducción campesina, migración y desarrollo capitalista en el occidente de Michoacán". Relaciones (Mexico) 42: 107–156.

(1990) "El campo y los nuevos movimientos sociales: una crítica de algunas tendencias teóricas de moda". Relaciones 45: 147- 179.

(1992) "Movimientos sociales, partidos políticos y las trampas de poder en un mundo transnacionalizado", Sociedad y Estado (Mexico) No. 6.: 35–46.

(1995) "(Re)conformación del poder local en época de exclusión política y polarización social", Ciudades (Mexico) 25: 44–51.

(1997) "¿El fin de toda ilusión? Neoliberalismo, relaciones económicas trasnacionales y reforma agraria en la Ciénega de Chapala, Michoacán", Relaciones 71: 211-257.

(1998) "Uma exploração muito particular: o caso de migração mexicana para os EUA", Travessia: Revista do Migrante, numero 30 (April): 22-24.

(1998). "Contesting Regimes of Truth: Continuity and Change in the Relationships Between Intellectuals and Power", Identities Vol. 4 (3-4): 515–28.

(1998) "The contribution of Mexican migration to restructuring U.S. capitalism: NAFTA as an instrument of flexible accumulation", Critique of Anthropology 18:3: 279-296.

(1999) "The Challenge of Globalisation: Reconstruction of Identities, Transnational Forms of Life and the Social Sciences", Journal of European Area Studies 7(1): 9-37.

(1999) “Eric R. Wolf: An appreciation”, Critique of Anthropology 19(2): 202–208.

(1999) “Official masks and shadow powers: towards an anthropology of the dark side of the state”, Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economy 28(3-4): 199-251.

(2001) "Facing the Future: Anthropology and the Transformation of the University", Anthropology in Action, 8(1): 49-55

(2001) "De-romanticizing Subalterns or Re-colonializing Anthropology? Denial of Indigenous Agency and Reproduction of Northern Hegemony in the Work of David Stoll", Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 8(1): 135-161.

(2001) "Disappearing the Poor? A Critique of the New Wisdoms of Social Democracy in an Age of Globalization", Urban Anthropology 30(2–3): 123–156. Reprinted (2004) in Marc Edelman and Angelique Haugerud (eds.) The Anthropology of Development and Globalization, Blackwell).

(2002) “Just Wars, Civilization and Empire in Postmodernity: Perspectives from South of the Río Grande”, Social Analysis 46(1): 134–141. Reprinted in the Berghahn Critical Interventions series in (2004) Bruce Kapferer (ed.) The World Trade Center and Global Crisis, pp. 59–70. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.

(2002) “Una nueva orientación para el laberinto: la transformación del estado mexicano y el verdadero Chiapas”, Relaciones 90: 201–257.

(2003) "Introduction: Old Economy, New Economy; Old Corruption, New Corruption" in John Gledhill (ed.) Forum: The Enron Scandal: Global Corporatism against Society, Social Analysis 47(3): 130–135. Reprinted in the Berghahn Critical Interventions series (2004) John Gledhill (ed.) Corporate Scandal, pp. 1–10. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.

(2003) "Neoliberalismo e ingobernabilidad: caciquismo, militarización y movilización popular en el México de Zedillo", Relaciones 96: 42–78. Spanish version of an article originally published in English, with a new epilogue.

(2004) “La ciudadanía y la geografía social de la neoliberalización profunda”, Relaciones 100: 74–106.

(2005) “Some Histories are More Possible than Others: Structural Power, Big Pictures and the Goal of Explanation in the Anthropology of Eric Wolf”, Critique of Anthropology 25(1): 37–57.

(2005) “Citizenship and the Social Geography of Deep Neo-liberalization”, Anthropologica 47(1): 81–100.

(2006) “Resisting the Global Slum: Politics, Religion and Consumption in the remaking of Life Worlds in the Twenty-First Century”, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 25(3): 322–339.

(2008) "Fateful Legacies and the Burdens of Academic Excellence: UK Anthropology and the Public Sphere", World Anthropologies Network E-Journal, No.3, April 2008: 167179,

(2008)  “Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives on Indigenous Resurgence in Chiapas”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 15(5): 483–505. (This is a special issue of the journal which consists of articles by former students who did fieldwork in Chiapas for PhDs under my supervision in Manchester.)

(2008) “’The People’s Oil’: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Possibility of Another Country in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela”, Focaal 52: 57–74.

(2009) "Power in Political Anthropology", The Journal of Power 2(1): 9–33.

(2010) with Maria Gabriela Hita, “Antropologia na análise de situações periféricas urbanas”, Cadernos Metrópole 12 (23): 189-209.

(2010) “El derecho a una vivienda”, Revista de Antropología Social 19: 103–129.

(2011) “Nuevas epistemologías en Antropología: Antropologías desde el Sur”, Boletín Colegio Etnólogos y Antropólogos Sociales, A.C., 2011: 11–24.

(2012) “Limites da autonomia e da autodefesa indígena. Experiências mexicanas”, Mana 18(3): 449-470.

(2012) “Segurança humana: uma meta viável?” Caderno CRH 25(66): 519-33.

(2013) “Límites de la autonomía y autodefensa indígena: experiencias mexicanas”, Oxímora No. 2: 1-21,

(2013) “La mala administración de la seguridad pública”, Revista de Antropología Social, No. 22: 25-57.

(2014) “Indigenous Autonomy, Delinquent States, and the Limits of Resistance”, History and Anthropology 25(4): 507-529.

Popular Journal Papers

(2008) with Maria Gabriela Hita, "Beyond Victims and Aggressors: Thinking About Violence in Poor Families in Brazil and Mexico", ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, VII(2), Winter 2008: 2325.

Professional Journal Papers

(2000) “Finding a New Public Face for Anthropology”, Anthropology Today 16(6): 1-3.

(2005) "Reinventing Anthropology, Anew", Anthropology News 46(7): 6–7.

Review Essays

(1994) "Dilemmas of the Latin American Left in a Neoliberal Age." Critique of Anthropology  Vol 14, No. 4: 437–42.

(1996) "From ‘Others’ to Actors: New Perspectives on Popular Political Cultures and National State Formation in Latin America", American Anthropologist Vol. 98, No. 3: 630–33.

(2004) Sobre Christopher R. Boyer, Becoming Campesinos: Politics, Identity and Agrarian Struggle in Postrevolutionary Michoacán, 1920-1935, Historia Mexicana No. 215: 141–147.

(2011). Taking Another Look at Marx and Anthropology. Dialectical Anthropology 35 (1): 7-11.

(2013) “Real Indians Doing Real Things in Latin American History”, Dialectical Anthropology 37(1): 83-101