Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and Labour in Latin America

Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award-winning film Roma (2018) won critical acclaim but was widely censured by scholars and activists for its portrayal of an indigenous live-in maid in a Mexico City household. Our course takes this critique of Roma’s representation of indigenous domestic workers as a point of departure in order to consider how indigenous peoples throughout Latin America have been affected by processes of globalization, particularly as participants in the labour force. Together, we will discuss indigenous strategies to navigate the global economy and seek autonomy and self-determination in an increasingly globalized world. In addition to critical readings from anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and cultural studies, we will consider works of short fiction and films throughout the semester. Discussions will be in English.

Required Texts:

The following required texts are also available as eBooks on the UBC Library webpage:
William I. Robinson’s Latin America and Global Capitalism (9780801898341)
Saskia Sassen’s The Mobility of Labor and Capital (9780521386722)

Other texts will be provided on Canvas.

Language of Instruction: English

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