Indigenous Media in Mexico: Culture, Community, and the State
By: Erica Cusi Wortham (author)Paperback
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In Indigenous Media in Mexico, Erica Cusi Wortham explores the use of video among indigenous peoples in Mexico as an important component of their social and political activism. Funded by the federal government as part of its "pluriculturalist" policy of the 1990s, video indigena programs became social processes through which indigenous communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas engendered alternative public spheres and aligned themselves with local and regional autonomy movements. Drawing on her in-depth ethnographic research among indigenous mediamakers in Mexico, Wortham traces their shifting relationship with Mexican cultural agencies; situates their work within a broader, hemispheric network of indigenous media producers; and complicates the notion of a unified, homogeneous indigenous identity. Her analysis of projects from community-based media initiatives in Oaxaca to the transnational Chiapas Media Project highlights variations in cultural identity and autonomy based on specific histories of marginalization, accommodation, and resistance.
Erica Cusi Wortham is Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University.
Illustrations ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xv Introduction. Making Culture Visible: Indigenous Media in Mexico 1 Part 1. Broader Contexts for Situating Video Indigena 1. Global and National Contexts of Video Indigena 25 2. Inventing Video Indigena: Transferring Audiovisual Media to Indigenous Organizations and Communities 58 Part 2. Indigenous Media Organizations in Oaxaca 3. Regional Dimensions: Video Indigena beyond State Sponsorship 93 4. Dilemmas in Making Culture Visible: Achieving Community Embeddedness in Tamazulapam del Espiritu Santo, Mixe 130 Part 3. Points of Comparison 5. Revolutionary Indigenous Media: The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios 177 6. Conclusions: Indigenous Media on the International Stage 207 Notes 223 References 243 Index 261
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