Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-159) and index
What is historia? : from oral history and memory studies to the anthropology of history -- The past of history : valuing a public kind of truth -- Knowing history, having cultura, being citizens -- Skewing of history : who could know history? -- Juggling rooting and cultura : cosmopolitan citizens -- Towns and nations : different histories, different citizenships -- Histories of the Virgin : the higher ground of secular history -- Shifts in history : how a history changes over time -- A successful history : what did not change -- The success of history : how a genre prospers -- Epilogue : citizenship beyond the state?
"Focuses on the history and citizenship of towns and cities based on fieldwork in west Mexican towns near Guadalajara. Stack observes that people talked (and wrote) of their towns' history and not just of Mexico's. He explores the idea of 'the past' and asks why it's valued by so many people"--Provided by publisher