Posts under tag: narco-narratives
May 4th, 2016 5:00 p.m. Straub 156
Film Viewing: Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un crimen de estado
Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics Claudia Holguín Mendoza published an essay titled “Dining with the Devil: Identity Formations in Juarez, Mexico.” Holguín Mendoza´s essay appears in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Volume 18, Issue 5, 2011. Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1070289X.2011.654739
Prof. Holguín Mendoza’s article analyzes popular narratives surrounding the theme of drug lords in the Mexican border city of Juarez and their multifaceted social, ideological, and material effects. This analysis takes into consideration the historical context of eruptions of violence that Juarez has endured in the last few years. Complex formations of the Mexican identity are now being reformulated in hierarchical, gendered, and racialized identities. However, violence in Juarez must not be interpreted as upsurges outside the control of the state, but rather as byproducts of conflict within it.