We live today in an era that had not been imagined by science fiction: the communicative experience in a virtual space. Digital technology has revolutionized our ways of transmitting culture, of knowing and above all of communicating and interacting on a daily basis. Science, and with it anthropology, cannot remain on the sidelines of this change which, although it proposes new challenges, also offers to enhance our communication possibilities and scope.
Vol 1 Issue 1 (2018)
Presentation of Anthropological Inserts
Global shift to the right and the relevance of anthropology
- Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
The decrease in the importance of the participation of anthropologists in public debates is the result of various factors, some internal to the discipline, others external. Triviality, high specialization, and neglect of issues of broad public interest are issues that need to be debated. Likewise, the current resurgence of discourses of intolerance and racism points to the possible arrival of a postmulticultural era where anthropological knowledge must be repositioned. The internet is another important variable in understanding contemporary anti-intellectualism, as it generates a renewed illusion of transparency that makes the social sciences seem useless. Ethnography, with its ability to bring us closer to agents, is a basis for anthropologists to take up a political / public role.
Between the twists, the conceptual platitudes, and the critical nature of anthropology
- Paul wright
The aesthetics of Afro-Cuban religions in the refraction of transatlantic scenarios
- Nahayeilli Juárez Huet
The present article shows the way in which the aesthetics of Afro-American religions, in particular the dance and music of Afro-Cuban Santeria, are inserted as part of a “black” gestural, musical and corporal repertoire that is constructed in transatlantic interconnections from at least the 19th century. I argue that in this sway, the scenarios of the representations of said repertoire become a platform that takes on a “refractive” character (Grau, 2005), that is, they decompose an idea of the “black” into multiple symbolic and interpretive references that they can even be opposite.
Maoism in Mexico. The case of the Revolutionary Party of the Mexican Proletariat, 1969-1970
- Uriel Velazquez Vidal
ANDIn this article I will focus on the Revolutionary Party of the Mexican Proletariat (PRPM), which developed in the Federal District and in the states of Morelos and Guerrero, between the years 1969-1970. Through interviews with PRPM militants and in addition to consulting documents from the General Archive of the Nation (AGN), it was how I was able to reconstruct this little-known stage in the contemporary history of Mexico. I have proposed four objectives: To present the founding process of the PRPM; discuss the structure of this party; expose the disarticulation of this group; and show the influence that this Maoist organism had on the popular urban movement, specifically in the founding of the "Colonia Proletaria Rubén Jaramillo", in the state of Morelos.
The altars of the body as resistance to prison power
- Jorge Adrián Yllescas Illescas
This text is part of an investigation carried out at the Santa Marta Social Reintegration Center in Mexico City, the main objective of which was to learn about the practice of the cult of “Santa Muerte” in that prison institution. Various themes emerged from this proposal, and one of them was the use of the body and its relationship with religious practices in a context where control is omnipresent. It will first examine what this prison control consists of and then the importance of the body as a form of resistance to said prison power will be considered.
Religion and immigration: The Lord of Miracles in Rome
- Veronica Roldan
The present documentary is about the devotion to the Crucified Christ, called the Lord of Miracles by the Peruvian community residing in Italy. The history of such veneration dates back to 1651 on the outskirts of the City of Kings, as Lima was called during the Viceroyalty of Peru. Today that image of Jesus Christ, originally painted by an Angolan slave, is venerated during the month of October in Peru and in all countries where there is a community of Peruvian immigrants that form the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles. [.. .]
Road anthropology, a proposal for the study of mobility as a cultural field
- Paul wright
- Christian O. Grimaldo-Rodríguez
Se then presents a conversation about the role of anthropology in the study of road behavior, the relationships between material infrastructures and symbolic structures, the political expressions of urban mobility and the discussion of various ideas and positions of Dr. Pablo Wright about what he calls a "road anthropology". It delves into some details such as the symbolic rebellion of urban pedestrians, the design and implementation of mobile methodologies for research and road behaviors as a field in dispute between the State and citizens in the context of Latin America.
Social sciences here and now: meanings and perspectives of the research profession
- Alan knight
- Claudio Palma Mancilla
- Joel Pedraza Mandujano
In the framework of the conference Social Sciences Here and Now. Senses and Perspectives of the Research Profession, developed at Ciesas Occidente on November 6 and 7, 2014, we had the opportunity to interview the English historian Alan Knight, from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford. The meeting not only served as a platform for debate and communication between the exhibitors and attendees, but also to dialogue on a more personal level with researchers about the themes and central axes on which it was discussed in the work meetings.
Discrepancies around the Internal Security Law
- Alejandro Madrazo Lajous
- Julia Estela Monárrez Fragoso
- Salvador Maldonado
- moderator Manuela Camus Bergareche
In December 2006, the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, declared the “war against drugs” and called out the Army to confront criminal groups in the streets. This public security task does not correspond specifically to the functions of the Armed Forces and, among other consequences, has led to a disproportionate increase in homicides and disappearances in the country. Despite this, the Internal Security Law is presented, which institutionalizes this militarization process and justifies, regulates and legalizes the role of the armed forces in the fight against organized crime. There are many questions that arise in this context and we hope that the guests of this Discrepancies section will contribute to animate the debate, perhaps to clarify it.
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.