Book Talk: Inés Durán Matute presents "Indigenous Peoples and the Geographies of Power"
Join us as Inés Durán Matute presents Indigenous Peoples and the Geographies of Power: Mezcala’s Narratives of Neoliberal Governance.
Tracing key trends of the global-regional-local interface of power, Inés Durán Matute demonstrates how global political economic processes shape the lives, spaces, projects and identities of the most remote communities. Durán Matute uses in-depth interviews, participant observations and text collection in this case study of the indigenous community in Mezcala (Mexico), to offer readers insight into the functioning of neoliberal governance, how it is sustained in networks of power and rhetorics deployed, and how it is experienced. Durán Matute argues that people, as passive and active participants in its courses of action, are being enmeshed in geographies of power as they seek out survival strategies, while at the same time constructing autonomous projects that challenge such forms of governance.
Ines Duran Matute is a Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar within the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California Los Angeles. Her research interests lie at the intersection of ethnicity, social movements, colonialism, racism and inequalities, migration, development, and democracy. Since 2008, Ines has been an active supporter of the Coca indigenous community of Mezcala (Mexico) in defense of their territory and the national struggle of indigenous peoples. Currently, she is investigating why and how activists and migrants in California engage with indigenous peoples’ struggles in Mexico.
The 2019-2020 Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) colloquia series aims to convene faculty, students, and special guests to discuss multidisciplinary research and policy issues impacting workers and their families today.
This event is organized by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and co-sponsored by Chicano Studies Research Center.