Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Mintzi Martinez-Rivera

Tue, September 26, 2017 | Room 2.206 (Multi-Purpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for a CMAS Plática featuring Mintzi Martinez-Rivera
Join us for a CMAS Plática featuring Mintzi Martinez-Rivera

Cultural Practices in Times of Violence: P’urhépecha Social Networks and Reciprocity

The violence brought on by then-president Felipe Calderón’s 2006 War on Drugs, along with the return migration of many deportees in the late 2000s, and the US-Mexico economic recession, forced the people of the P’urhépecha community of Angahuan to quickly adapt to new, more violent, circumstances. In this presentation, Mintzi Martinez-Rivera argues that the people of Angahuan’s social networks and practice of reciprocity provided the social and cultural tools to survive and thrive in this period of instability and violence. Illustrated by several violent and disruptive events, Dr. Martinez-Rivera will present how social networks and the practice of reciprocity allows people in the community to process events of violence or disruption, while creating a sense of balance in the community.

Mintzi Martinez-Rivera, Ph.D., is a Visiting Scholar in the Latino Studies Program and a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology both at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS)

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