"Somos de Morelos": Race, Place, and Claims to National Identity in Morelos, Oaxaca

By Savannah Carroll.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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Abstract: This paper argues that people in Morelos have limited access to socioeconomic resources due to their location and identification as black. The absence of a "black" racial category in the national census poses challenges to government recognition and support of social problems. This influences political mobilization to work toward improving conditions. Qualitative research such as interviews and participant observations are the framework for the paper’s research methods. Field work was completed in the summers of 2012 and 2013. People are aware that identity politics translates into access to resources. Some participants expressed the opinion that the government does not care about them because they are black. Education, poverty, and teen pregnancy were mentioned as factors that adversely impact development. Town history is not documented and oral tradition is disappearing because elders are dying and young people are not interested in sustaining traditions. This paper examines Afro-Mexicans’ struggle for socioeconomic and political inclusion and the impact race has had on individuals' constructions of national identity and citizenship.

Keywords: Interdisciplinality, Citizenship, Social Policy

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 9, Issue 2, March 2015, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 463.826KB)).

Savannah Carroll

Doctoral Candidate, Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA