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The Role and Style of Meetings in a Native Village in Mexico City: A Contribution towards the Analysis of Meetings

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Turid Hagene

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, NO
About Turid
Turid Hagene is professor in Development studies at Oslo and Akershus University College. She holds a PhD in contemporary history based on research in Nicaragua, and is presently doing research on political culture in Mexico. Among her recent publications: (2011) ‘Prácticas políticas cotidianas en un pueblo originario en México D.F.: El papel de chismes y rumores’, Nueva Antropología, No 73: 35-58; (2010) ‘The Role of Love in the Reproduction of Gender Asymmetries: A Case from Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua’, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, No 89: 27-45; (2010) ‘Elections in the Context of Everyday Practices: Views from a Pueblo Originario in Mexico City 2006’, Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2: 217-241; (2010) ‘Everyday Political Practices, Democracy and the Environment in a Native Village in Mexico City’, Political Geography, Vol. 29 (No 4): 209-219, http://doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.04.004.
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Abstract

This article explores the role of meetings and the style in which they are carried out in the local community of San Lorenzo Acopilco in Mexico City. The community predates the Spanish conquest, and thus forms part of this megacity’s 200 native villages (pueblos originarios), which to this day reproduce distinctive social, political and religious practices. Ethnographies of three meetings are presented and analysed with concepts and theories from a variety of disciplines; these may also be helpful in the analysis of meetings in other locations. The meetings are regulated by laws of either citizen participation or agrarian issues. The choice of meeting style influences the outcomes of meetings, and thus figures in the repertoire of elements which substantially influence the community’s capacity to preserve its distinctive way of life from the encroachment of the megacity.

 

 Resumen: El papel y el estilo de reuniones en un pueblo originario de la Ciudad de México: Una contribución hacia el análisis de reuniones

 

 Este artículo explora el papel de las reuniones y el estilo en el que éstas se llevan a cabo en la comunidad local de San Lorenzo Acopilco en Ciudad de México. Dicha comunidad antedata a la conquista española y por consiguiente forma parte de los 200 pueblos originarios de esta megaciudad, que hasta la fecha reproducen prácticas sociales, políticas y religiosas distintivas. Se presentan etnografías de tres reuniones y se analizan mediante conceptos y teorías de varias disciplinas; todo este material también puede ser útil para el análisis de reuniones de otros lugares. Las reuniones se rigen por la ley de participación ciudadana o por la ley agraria. La elección del estilo de las reuniones marca los resultados de las mismas y consecuentemente figura en el repertorio de elementos que influyen considerablemente en la capacidad comunitaria para preservar su modo de vida característico frente a la invasión de la megaciudad.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.10102
How to Cite: Hagene, T. (2015). The Role and Style of Meetings in a Native Village in Mexico City: A Contribution towards the Analysis of Meetings. ERLACS, (99), 89–112. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.10102
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Published on 27 Oct 2015.
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