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5065 - Maya Migration to Cancún, Mexico

War, poverty, natural disasters, and land usurpation have displaced indigenous peoples across the Americas. This displacement has resulted in the concentration of indigenous peoples in urban centers and led to a reconfiguration of indigenous notions of land tenure, gender roles, and spirituality. Tracing these shifts and new emplotments requires rethinking anthropological concepts and methods that have traditionally been used to study indigenous communities. This paper suggests that mobility provides a conceptual lens that challenges ideas of authentic, isolated cultures and closed corporate communities. Through a case study of Maya migration to the international tourist center of Cancún, Mexico, this paper examines how migrant circuits to translocalities like Cancún transforms indigenous practices. The paper suggests that mobility serves as a conceptual frame that calls attention to the emergence of new subjectivities and social formations that result from displacements, disrupt narratives of stasis and progress, and produce new ways of knowing.          

Keywords: Maya, Migration, Mexico, tourism, Cancún

Author: Castellanos, Bianet (University of Minnesota, Ud States of Am / USA)

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