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Politics, Culture and Economy in Popular Practices in the Americas

Edited By Eduardo González Castillo, Jorge Pantaleón and Nuria Carton de Grammont

This collection of essays on popular culture and politics in the Americas presents the study of ethnographic and historical data from different countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Each chapter brings to light a distinct focus on the way in which popular cultural practices evolve in the context of contemporary globalization. Accordingly, this book aims to improve our understanding of the way in which subordinate groups participate in the process of state building and in the reproduction (or rejection) of the major macroeconomic and cultural processes shaping contemporary societies.
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The Aesthetics of Informality, Self-Management, Popular Culture, and Urban Imaginaries in Mexico City



“Urban desperation” and its archetypal image: the couple descending from a bus, with packages which include six children, and set forth to conquer the subverted Eden. In their village there is neither work nor water, the landowners impose starvation wages on their products, one child dies on them for lack of medical attention […] They arrive at the great city in search of family, friends, of the luck given by God.

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