Reseñas críticas is a section that deals with small critical essays (between 5 and 8 pages) of interest to the social sciences, reviews of complete works by an author or a current can be included, as well as books, articles, ethnographic videos, anthropological cinema, art and anthropology exhibitions; defenses of thesis, performance and anthropology. The works reviewed must have been produced in a period of less than two years.
Vol 6 No 11 (2023)
Neogótico en Jalisco. Guía básica para la apreciación del entorno cultural edificado
Martín Checa-Artasu2021 ESARQ/Arquitónica, col. Corrientes Arquitectónicas, Guadalajara, 207 pp.
Toward a Geographic and Historic Interpretation of Neo-gothic Architecture in Jalisco
- Francisco Javier Navarro Jiménez
The book Neogothic in Jalisco. Guía básica para la apreciación del entorno cultural edificado, by Martín Checa-Artasu, presents an interesting investigation of the historical development, typologies and geographic distribution of neo-Gothic architecture in the Mexican state of Jalisco, as a cultural phenomenon of adaptation and reinterpretation on a regional scale of a global architectural trend. To address the subject, the author adopts an interdisciplinary perspective in which time and the territorial diffusion of ideas about the design and symbolism of Gothic Revival are central when interpreting the current panorama of Jalisco's neo-Gothic architecture built between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Los wixaritari. El espacio compartido y la comunidad
Hector Medina Miranda, 2020 CIESAS (Publicaciones de la Casa Chata), Mexico City.
The Wixarika Territoriality, Between Sacred Geography and Modern Rearrangements
- Frédéric Saumade
Divided between historical anthropology and extensive ethnography, this short book focuses on a specific problem to clarify the political meaning of a shamanic culture and a mythical-ritual complex based on a cosmocentric relationship with the territory and the consequent dialectic of identity and otherness.
Combinar para convivir: Etnografía de un pueblo nahua de la Huasteca veracruzana en tiempos de modernización
Anath Ariel de VidasCentro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos/Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social/El Colegio de San Luis, Mexico, 500 pp.
Combine-ism: They Are the Gods Who Never Left. Spiritual Ethnography in Veracruz’s Huasteca Region
- Mauricio Genet Guzmán Chávez
This book is a proposal for an analysis of ethnicity understood as the socio-cultural, historical and political condition in which broad sectors of the Mexican population find themselves, whose ancestors are counted as the original inhabitants upon the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century. Inhabitants bearers of a culture whose central characteristic has been its persistence, the capacity to resist and reinvent themselves as collectivities throughout five centuries and the years that have elapsed in the XXI century.
El arte de hacer la primera comunión
Carlos Martínez Assad (coord.)2021 UNIVA/ITESO/INAH/Fundación Sara Sefchovich/ Tomás de Híjar Ornelas/Jesús Verdín Saldaña, Guadalajara, 148 pp.
The Ideal and What Is Actually Experienced: The Ethnography of the Ritual of the First Communion
- Guillermo de la Peña
The first communion of which this book speaks gives us a key to understanding the Catholic world of the 20th century, especially in Latin countries and in middle-class urban Mexico.
Vol 5 No 9 (2022)
Break everything. The history of rock in Latin America
Picky Talarico, Nicolás Entel and Nicolás Gueilburt2020 Red Creek Productions, New York.
Rompan Todo: One of Many Possible Latin American Rock´N´Roll Stories
- Ma. del Carmen de la Peza Casares
Rompan todo is a documentary series of the historical, participatory and testimonial genre distributed by Netflix. It consists of six chapters with an approximate duration of one hour each. The chapters present chronologically the development of rock in Latin America, each one covers a period of approximately 10 years.
Gender and Rarámuri ethnicity in the city of Chihuahua. Organization and participation of women in congregate settlements.
Marco Vinicio Morales Muñoz2020 Secretaría de Cultura - INAH - Escuela de Antropología e Historia del Norte de México (EAHNM), Mexico, 256 pp.
Urban Rarámuri Women. Gender Reconfigurations From Ethnicity
- María Teresa Sierra Camacho
The book Género y etnicidad rarámuri en la ciudad de Chihuahua. Organización y participación de las mujeres en asentamientos congregados analyzes the sociocultural and gender transformations experienced by indigenous Rarámuri men and women who have settled in the city of Chihuahua in search of alternative livelihoods. From an ethnographic and culturally situated perspective, the author offers a comprehensive look at gender relations that are redefined in the urban context as part of processes strongly linked to ethnicity, inequality and subalternity.
Methods in Action. Studies on documentary and social research
Lourdes Roca (coordinator)Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora, Mexico, 299 pp.
A Toolbox to Think of Documentaries and an Invitation to Create Images for Social Research
- Maria Aimaretti
Published by the Instituto de Investigaciones José María Luis Mora, with the support of conacyt and the support of logo Editores, Métodos en acción. Estudios sobre documental e investigación social brings together eight essays that describe and analyze with an interdisciplinary perspective, diverse audiovisual phenomena where social research and the documentary field interact in a complex way, opening theoretical, methodological, ethical and aesthetic questions.
Vol 5 No 10 (2022)
The anthropological documentary. A theoretical-practical introduction
Carlos Y. FloresCentro de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias sobre Chiapas y la Frontera Sur, 2020, Mexico, 242 pp.
The Teaching of Anthropological Documentary: Paradoxes and Controversies.
- Antonio Zirión Pérez
El nuevo libro de Carlos Y. Flores brinda una inmejorable oportunidad para reflexionar sobre algunas cuestiones cruciales para la antropología visual y permite discutir en torno a ciertas paradojas y controversias que se encuentran en el seno del cine antropológico. Para empezar, podríamos cuestionar la categoría misma de “documental antropológico”, que bien podría haber sido la de “cine etnográfico” –acaso más consolidada en el medio a nivel internacional– o algún otro término de los varios propuestos por diferentes autores (cinetnografía, etnocinema, etnoficción, etc.).
A History of Book Publishing in Contemporary Latin America
Gustavo Sorá, 2021 Routledge Taylor/ Francis Group, New York, 225 pp.
Books in 20th Century Latin America
- Juan Carlos Gaona Poveda
The history of books and publishing is a historiographical current in the process of consolidation, in which the development of print capitalism is often linked to the emergence of imagined national communities, in a process that dates back to the nineteenth century (Anderson, 2006). Hence, the study of print culture has developed within the framework of a methodological nationalism that must be overcome (Bourdieu, 2002). In Ibero-America we have works for countries such as Spain (Martínez, 2015), Argentina (De Diego, 2014) and Mexico (Bello and Garone, 2020). However, the phenomena of production, circulation and reception of ideas through printed media overflow the frameworks of the nation-state, as pointed out by Gustavo Sorá (2003; 2017), Antonio Largo and Nicanor Gómez (2006) and Alejandro Dujovne (2014). It is a transnational approach taken up on a Latin American scale in the new book by Argentine anthropologist Gustavo Sorá, A History of Book Publishing in Contemporary Latin America, published in February 2021.
Patrick Boitet, Anthony Forestier and Samah Soula, 2016 TF2, Paris.
Citizenship and Organization in the Light of the World Environmental
- Yanga Villagómez Velázquez
Environmental problems are already affecting the entire planet, regardless of countries, cultures, continents or social classes. Climate change due to the emission of greenhouse gases is having an evident impact on urban and rural societies in different parts of the world.
Vol 4 No 8 (2021)
Las sectas protestantes y el espíritu del (anti-)imperialismo. Entrelazamientos religiosos en las Américas (Ensayos Interamericanos, 8)
Heinrich W. Schäfer, 2020 Kipu/CIAS, Bielefeld, 250 pp.
- Ezer Roboam May May
Schäfer shows that the same religious dispositions of American Protestantism are re-signified in different ways in the Latin American adoption process; one can speak of a Protestantism of the left and of the right, which, in turn, maintain ties with religious organizations in the North.
Dos narizones no se pueden besar. Trayectorias, usos y prácticas de la tradición orisha en Yucatán
Nahayeilli Juárez Huet, 2019 CIESAS-UNAM, Mexico: , 319 pp.
Transatlantic Dialogs: The Paths of Believing. Circulation, Relocation and Reinterpretation of the Orisha Tradition
- Gabriela Castillo Terán
Although there is a long tradition of important research on Santeria and African culture in Mexico, the work of Nahayeilli Juarez Huet is undoubtedly the most important recent research because it is current, complete, extensive and careful. This work is essential reading to understand the dynamics of the orisha tradition in Mexico and its relationship with Cuba and Nigeria, where she also explores the links with Christianity and Islam.
OKTUBRE/Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricotas
Carolina Bello, 2018 Estuario, Montevideo, 144 pp.
OKTUBRE, the Montage of an Era or “Rock as All Cries”
- Maria Monica Sosa Vasquez
Both the oktubre The Redondos and Carolina Bello's do not constitute a partisan propaganda, as was the case with the Oktubre by Eisenstein and Aleksandrov (1928). However, this does not mean that politicization is excluded, nor that it is only present through references to Chernobyl. "Fuegos de Octubre", the first song of the album, seems -as the characters reflect- to break down that conception of politics as a task linked to a party or, in any case, only towards one.
Vol 4 No. 7 (2021)
Taco Chronicles. TV series
Santiago Fábregas and Carlos Pérez Osorio (dirs.), 2019-2020 Netflix, Singapore.
Nostalgia, Nationalism, and Cultural Colonialism: The Taco Chronicles
- Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz
There is a Chilanga Mexicanness that is confused with a nationalist Mexicanity represented as a tendency to reduce regional, local, ethnic culinary complexity, in what is only one vehicle for food: the taco.
The domestic warp. Texts about the family
Lucía Bazán Levy, Margarita Estrada Iguíniz and Georgina Rojas García (coords.), 2019 CIESAS, Mexico Collection, Mexico, 276 pp.
The family seen from CIESAS
- Patricia arias
The argument most shared in this book is that the family has been, before and now, a mediating instance between the individual, the community, and social forces. But apart from that, the authors had ample freedom to raise issues, levels and research methods.
Espacios mediáticos transfronterizos: el video ayuujk entre México y Estados Unidos
Ingrid kummels, 2018 Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico, 409 pp.
The audiovisual as an extended space among native peoples
- Oscar Ramos Mancilla
Kummels' ethnography describes the media practices in the town of Tamazulapam (Oax.) And their circulation between the population that lives in the place and that emigrant who has formed ramifications of the community.
Vol 3 Num 6 (2020)
Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, 2018 UAM / Gedisa, Mexico, 408 pp.
Facing the failure of capitalist globalization, the search for alternative globalizations
- Jorge Alonso
This is a very important book, because it brings together the long career of a deep researcher, with novel and highly suggestive views. These are searches that highlight aspects that could not be visualized and that are approached with great originality. An alternative emphasis prevails, but the predominant is also studied very acutely.
Incarnate territories. Extractivism, communalism and gender in the P'urhépecha plateau
Veronica Velazquez, 2019 Jorge Alonso Chair, Guadalajara, 293 pp.
Challenging neoliberal territorialities: disputed lives, bodies and land
- Inés Durán Matute
From a look inspired by anthropology, critical geography and feminism, it shows us how capitalism has affected the daily lives of P'urhépecha women in Zirosto and Cherán (Michoacán) by favoring violence and accentuating the precariousness of bodies, lives and land.
Las elites de la ciudad blanca: discursos racistas sobre la otredad
Eugenia Iturriaga, 2016 UNAM, Mexico City, 356 pp.
Ethno-Racial Dynamics In Mexico: An Approach To The Racist Discourses In The Yucatecan Elite
- Angie Edell Campos Lazo
- Jorge Rafael Ramirez
The ways in which the racialization traverse the cotidianities, and therefore the forms of analysis of racism and the social phenomena related to the category race, vary depending on the context. In this review, Angie Campos and Jorge Rafael investigate Eugenia Iturriaga's proposal to anthropologically theorize racism in Yucatán, starting from a study of the meridian elites with an extremely interesting methodology.
Vol 3 No. 5 (2020)
El Sueño del mara’akame
Federico Cecchetti [Tsikiri Temai] (director), José Felipe Coria and María del Carmen de Lara (producers), 2016 CUEC, Estudios Churubusco-Azteca and IMCINE, Mexico.
The dream of the mara'akame. Ethno-fiction, allochrony and indigenous modernity
- Paul liffman
ANDl dream of mara'akame is about the drama of an indigenous Wixárika teenager (Luciano Bautista) who is dealing with the supposed poles of urban modernity, expressed in popular music, and rural tradition, embodied in his father (Antonio Parra). It is part of a new generation of cinema about wixaritari, but not yet directed by them.
Ser testigo de Jehová. Una mirada antropológica a la vida en el paraíso terrenal
Antonio Higuera Bonfil, 2018 El Colegio de la Frontera Norte / UQROO / RIFREM, México, 355 pp.
Eternal life thanks to religious conversion
- Miguel Lisbona Guillén
ANDIn a classic format, logical because it is a book resulting from a doctoral thesis, the work of Antonio Higuera Bonfil contains three life stories of members of the religious group Jehovah's Witnesses in El Palmar, a town in the state of Quintana Roo (Mexico ), an ejido that is described in profusion of detail, beyond its religious characteristics.
Acoso. ¿Denuncia legítima o victimización?
Marta Lamas, 2018 Economic Culture Fund, Mexico.
Culture, harassment and society; of hegemonies and feminisms
- Maria Monica Sosa Vasquez
Marta Lamas is a Mexican anthropologist and feminist with an important career. In 1992 he co-founded the Information Group on Elected Reproduction, vital in the discussion about abortion in Mexico, decriminalized in Mexico City (2007). Within the framework of his latest work -Culture, harassment and society; of hegemonies and feminisms-, Mónica Sosa analyzes and questions the bases of her postulates, underlining the previous discussion in this regard.
Vol 2 Num 4 (2019)
Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance
Breanne Fahs, 2016 Albany: State University of New York Press, United States.
"It is love that bleeds": social anxieties, activisms and new subjectivities around the menstrual cycle
- Karina Felitti
Out of blood brings together eleven essays that analyze the culture and politics of menstruation and connect them with identity politics (feminism, anti-racism, queer subjectivities), body awareness and knowledge, social inequities and the possibilities of transformation that they generate activisms and solidarity that are woven based on the body. From an interdisciplinary approach that combines feminist theory, social sciences, psychotherapy discourses, cultural studies, trans, sexuality and gender studies, Fahs wonders in what ways ordinary bodily processes can have implications for social justice and the construction of new menstrual stories, individually and collectively.
Wild Wild Country
Maclain and Chapman Way (Directors), 2018 Duplass Brothers Productions / Netflix (Productores), United States, Netflix.
Osho in America: between the counterculture and the conservative reaction
- Nicolas Viotti
PRemembered at the Sundance festival and celebrated as one of Netflix's phenomena, Wild Wild Country catches the eye within minutes of watching it. In six one-hour episodes, each one traces the experience of the spiritual movement led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho) in the United States. The plot recounts in detail how the followers of one of the most famous and influential Indian gurus of the last decades bond with the inhabitants of Antelope, a town of fifty people in the northwestern United States.
Grandes maestros del arte wixárika. Acervo Juan Negrín
Cabañas Cultural Institute, June to October 2019, Guadalajara, 84 works.
Wixárika art, a door of recognition to the sacred
- Isaac Mariscal
With regard to the exhibition Great masters of Wixárika art. Juan Negrín Collection, exhibited at the Cabañas Institute from June 20 to October 2019, I present the following reflections on the approach to Wixaritari sacred art through the museum or commercial medium.
Vol 2 No 3 (2019)
Género en la encrucijada de la historia social y cultural de México
Susie S. Porter and María Teresa Fernández (eds.), 2015 El Colegio de Michoacán / CIESAS, Zamora, 364 pp.
Culture, politics and daily life in Mexico from a gender perspective
- Agustin Vaca
The collective work Gender at the crossroads of the social and cultural history of Mexico is directed, above all, to the frontal combat against prejudices, biological, social, religious or of any other kind, which historically have prevented, and some still do, the full participation of women in public life, at the same time that it is an effort to penetrate deep into the historical thickness that corresponds to them in their own right.
Movimientos sociales del México contemporáneo
Luis Rigoberto Gallardo (coord.), 2017 University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, 291 pp.
Questions about social movements
- Jorge Alonso
Those who wanted to get away from capitalism from above, failed to get out of it and returned. Taking power to change society, it has been seen that it is not the way. The question is how to get out of capitalism from below, transforming society to end the dominant power. You have to learn to think slowly so as not to be devastated by urgency. We must gradually calibrate the challenges, dilemmas, problems, contradictions, but also the possibilities that open to certain options. In all these reflections, reading this book can encourage us to continue delving into the contributions of social movements.
Ver con los otros. Comunicación intercultural
Jesús Martín Barbero and Sarah Corona Berkin (coord.), 2017 FCE, Mexico City, 151 pp.
See with the others. A dialogic and horizontal proposal in research
- Jose Manuel Valenzuela
Ver con los otros. Comunicación intercultural is a powerful work that breaks new ground in academic debates concerned with the role of academia in the (re) production of the colonial order and social inequality. It is also committed to critical research that aims to transform the world together with those who are subalternized in the research process, and made invisible from a supposed condition of objects or mere transmitters of knowledge.
Los estudios de género en el norte de México a umbrales del siglo XXI
Silvia López Estrada and Cirila Quintero Ramírez (coord.), 2014 El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, 376 pp.
Gender inequalities in northern Mexico
- Maria Eugenia de la O
This work brings together different specialists who offer an interesting overview of the social, economic and political conditions in which women in northern Mexico live from a gender perspective. The book offers the reader detailed information on research carried out with academic rigor, but with a language accessible to a non-specialized audience. The text addresses classic and constitutive themes of the field of gender studies such as the social division of labor, the family, violence, the construction of meanings, power, participation and political representation.
Vol 1 Issue 2 (2018)
Apprentice and philosopher: Juan Negrín's Wixárika heritage
- Diana Negrin da Silva
TO Over the course of 44 years, Juan dedicated his efforts to compiling data on the language, oral history, sacred and contemporary art, as well as the rituals of the Wixárika people. Starting with art and continuing with territorial defense through autonomous productive projects, this work has bequeathed a unique heritage on the Wixárika culture. Negrín's writings include notebooks, diaries, multiple handwritten and typewritten drafts, but he also left hundreds of audios, mainly conversations with artists and the elderly. kawiterutsiri, where core concepts of the Wixárika worldview are deepened.
Anita Brenner. Una escritora judía con México en el corazón
Marcela López Arellano, 2017 UAA, Mexico, 430 pp.
Written culture, intersectionality and subjectivity
- Maria Teresa Fernandez Aceves
TOnita Brenner. A Jewish writer with Mexico in her heart focuses on the writings of Anita Brenner (1905-1974), daughter of Jewish immigrants from Latvia who worked in Aguascalientes. It is a refined and innovative study in the historiographies of written culture, autobiography, biography, universities, Jewish migration, women's history, and gender in revolutionary and post-revolutionary Mexico.
“Yo trabajo en casa”. Trabajo del hogar de planta, género y etnicidad en Monterrey
Severine durin, 2017 Publications of the Casa Chata, CIESAS, México, 414 pp.
Indigenous domestic workers and employers in contemporary Mexico: changes, continuities and convergences
- Santiago Canevaro
The book by Séverine Durin represents a significant contribution to analyze and understand the processes through which the inequality of the place of indigenous domestic workers in contemporary Mexico is naturalized and legitimized. Product of more than ten years of research on the situation of indigenous people in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, the author proposes from an anthropological perspective to see with a critical and relational perspective and make a nodal contribution to the debate on the precariousness and vulnerability of female workers of the “plant” home, from a perspective that intersects the cleavages of gender, class and ethnicity.
Vol 1 Issue 1 (2018)
Historia del Reino de la Nueva Galicia
Thomas Calvo and Aristarco Regalado Pinedo (coords.), 2016 University of Guadalajara, Mexico, 877 pp.
A look at the past of Nueva Galicia
- Andres Fabregas Puig
The history of the Kingdom of New Galicia is part of the process of expansion of Western Europe, modernization and capitalism, in the form of colonialism. Likewise, it is part of the decolonization processes in general and of the formation of the Mexican nation and the Mexican national State in particular. The texts that make up the work document the above, describe the results of the colonial enterprise that lasted three centuries, the expropriation of the lands from their original owners, the disruption of the territories and the forging of new regional realities, evangelization and, therefore, Of course, the anti-colonial resistance of which the Mixtón war is already an icon.
Las transformaciones de los exvotos pictográficos guadalupanos (1848-1999)
Margarita Zires, 2014 Iberoamericana Vervuert, Spain, 342 pp.
Biography of the Guadalupano Ex-Voto
- Renée de la Torre Castellanos
The votive offerings are pictographic materials that were made to ask, thank and witness the miraculous power (Faser, 2000), in this case of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Its ritual practice is carried out within a system of votive practices that occur in the system of the Catholic popular religion. But in addition to this original meaning, votive offerings have been valued by collectors and art lovers as aesthetic works (the Frida Kalho collection accounts for this), but they have also been considered by anthropologists and historians as period testimonies (see works by Patricia Arias and Jorge Durand, 2003). In this book, Margarita Zires takes them up as social texts that can be interpreted and analyzed as discursive genres.