Identities and New Border Crossings in the Mexican Southern Frontier
Friday, 31 January 2014 from 17:30 to 19:30 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
***This event has been rescheduled from January 22 to January 31 2014***
In this paper, Aida Hernandez will analyze the experience of migration and the configuration of new collective identities among a Maya people in the Mexican border with Guatemala. She will deal with the existing tensions in a double dynamic: on one side are the economic forces that lead thousands of Maya-Mam peasants to abandon their land and communities to again cross a political border to the North, while on the other side are the cultural and identity forces that are leading them to maintain the Mam identity as an anchor for confronting the homogenizing tendencies of globalization and reestablishing solidarity networks in the new transnational space.
Aida Hernandez has been working and collaborating in different collective projects with Mam peasants from Chiapas in the last twenty five years, and in this presentation I want to share some of the findings that she presents in her most recent book Sur Profundo: Identidades Indígenas en la Frontera Chiapas Guatemala.
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