Issue 10

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as an Instrument for the Exercise of Rights

Yolanda Mª de la Fuente Robles Universidad de Jaén, España Eva Mª Sotomayor Morales Universidad de Jaén, España Abstract: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) burst upon the scene to make accessibility and participation easier to all people for the exercise of their own rights. If we circumscribe to the field of people in […]

Bitter sugar. The Inescapable Oximoron of Cuban History

Graciela Maglia Vercesi Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia Abstract: Nicolás Guillén took an autonomous position in the literary field of Hispanic Caribbean in the 30’s, and built an early national hybrid identity as a cultural and aesthetic response to a historic crossroads marked by ethnic whitening, political alienation and economic dependence. Guillén went to the […]

Reflections on Social Research and Social Work

Uva Falla Ramírez Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Colombia Abstract: This paper roughly addresses the sense and meaning given to social research in Social Work, its evolution and its incidence in the discipline development. To end with several reflection permitting to understand the need to make research from more integrating and comprehensive designs, where […]

A Cannibal Paradise. A Symbolic Cosmography of Mundus Novus

Fernando Rivera Universidad Nacional de Colombia Abstract. Departing from the social representations theory, symbolic axes of Western European imaginaries are identified, which determined the interpretation and categorization of New Worlds during quest and conquest during the first half of the century from its ‘discovery’. During that period theological cosmogonies and symbolic and folkloric cosmographies […]

Is social progression achievable when one from ten leaves naught?

Alexander Miller University of South Carolina-Lancaster, USA Abstract: This paper discusses the opinions of sixteen Caribbean scholars on social progression, and concludes that such a thing is really unattainable in the Caribbean, where metanarratives decimate masses and keep a few elites’ power position. Under this light, an important step towards social advance in the […]

Ethics in Michel Foucault or the Possibility of Resistance

Reinaldo Giraldo Universidad Central del Valle del Cauca, Colombia Abstract: In this paper I maintain the hypothesis that Michel Foucault’s studies do not lead to a negative thought, a circular one, with no alternatives or to a dead-end. Dissolving the notion of constituing subject allows the French thinker to make permanent shifts and open […]

Indigeneity: Problematics, experiences and agen- das in the new millenium

Marisol de la Cadena University of California Davis y Orin Starn Universidad de Duke, Durham, USA Abstract: In this article we historicized the idea of indigenous and the notion of indigeneity. As a relationship, as a discursive formation, rather than as an identity, indigeneity involves not only indigenous people, but also people identified themselves […]

Map or be mapped. Indigenous and black mapping in Latin America

Karl Offen University of Oklahoma, USA Abstract: The passage of ILO Convention 169 in 1989 initiated a set of broad political changes in the relationship between indigenous ―and, to a lesser extent, black peoples― and their traditional lands in the lowland tropics of Latin America. Of the 19 countries to have ratified ILO 169 […]

Social Movements and the Politics of the Vir- tual. Deleuzian Strategies

Arturo Escobar Michal Osterweil University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Abstract: This paper offers a first approach to read contemporary social movements from Deleuze and Guattari’s perspective. This approach can be situated in several trends in postconstructivist social sciences towards what Mexican researcher Manuel de Landa has called “flat ontologies” (theories of […]

Back to the exotic

Antón Fernández de Rota Universidade da Corunha, España Abstract: In this paper I intend to re-conceptualize alterity and the “exotic” following the Foucaultian archeological and genealogical approaches to l’homme notion. I aim to discuss the possibilities of an anthropology of the contemporary in order to create a critical project, taking anthropos in a nominalistic […]

Cultural studies in postgraduate programs in Latin America: A pegagogical and methodologi- cal proposal

Mónica Szurmuk Instituto Mora, México Robert McKee Irwin university of california, Davis, uSa University of California, Davis, USA Abstract: In this paper, we deliver a genealogy of cultural studies presence in postgraduate programs in Latin America, along with an analysis of the different forms students postgraduate training assume throughout the region. Notwithstanding the supposed […]

The heart of cultural studies: Contextuality, constructionism and complexity

Lawrence Grossberg University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Abstract: This essay explains my commitment to and passion for cultural studies. I believe ideas matter, that we are better off approaching the daunting tasks of transforming the world with the best knowledge and understanding possible. And I have believed, for my entire academic career, […]