Migrations, Dislocations, Diasporas, and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Latin America

  • Nuestra Señora de San Juan
  • Niña del Acordeón
  • Tortilleras

What’s the impact of migrations and dislocations on cultural identity (and cultural capital) in Latin America?

Project Abstract

This research project explored the impact of migrations and dislocations on cultural identity (and cultural capital) in Latin America. More specifically, we studied how trans-national as well as rural–urban migration processes are represented in Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latino/a media, literature and music. We examined how migrant and diasporic discourses are created, performed, and (re) appropriated by communities in “contact zones” to engage with issues of power relations, race, gender, and neocolonialism. Our analysis used an interdisciplinary lens, ranging from literary theory, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, anthropological and geographical approaches, in the study of Latin American migrant and diasporic cultural productions.

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