Part I: Colonizing the Maya.
1. The territorialization of southern Belize.
2. The matter of the Maya farm system.
3. An archaeology of Mayanism.
Part II: Aporias of development.
4. From colonial to development knowledge.
5. Settling: fieldwork in the ruins of development.
6. Finishing the critique of cultural ecology.
"Theoretically sophisticated ... .It has some important things to say that are relevant to both scholars and practitioners concerned with development practices in the South today." (Geographical Journal, 2009)
"Culture studies sometimes receive a hasty, often incoherent introduction ... .Fortunately, this book is an exception. Wainwright provides a meticulous and actually readable explanation of the culture studies 'manifesto.' One of the interesting issues discussed was the Mayas' 'development' into settled farming, as opposed to their original milpa (i.e., slash and bum) agriculture. Recommended." (CHOICE, December 2008)
- Investigates the ways colonialism shaped the modern world by analyzing the relationship between colonialism and development as forms of power
- Based on novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist theory and applied to original research data
- An intriguing and invaluable resource for scholars of postcolonialism, development, geography, and the Maya