Mexican Cultural Identity
By Jon Sievert
What factors would you consider to describe Mexicans? Their music? Their food? Their behavior that you sometimes love and other times cannot understand? Whatever perception you have is referred to as cultural identity, which Dra. Ilithya Guevara explores from an anthropological point of view at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.
UU Service “Mexican Cultural Identity”
With Ilithya Guevara
Sun, May 15, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
When we talk about cultural identity, we mean the definition that groups have of themselves or others. It’s a complex concept that involves more than recognizing similarities. Cultural identity includes ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, and gender, and creates peoples’ behaviors and regulates the roles of those who belong to a group. Identity cannot be separated from the culture because of the symbolic space in which it is created. Culture creates stereotyping, in terms of difference or otherness that makes us Mexicans, or Latinos, or indigenous, or women.
Mexican identity has been created by a combination of different cultures throughout history. What makes others identify Mexicans as a single group misidentifies the many regional differences around the country, the social classes, and the differences among the many ethnic groups.
Dra. Guevara was born in Mexico City in 1978 and studied social anthropology at the University of Queretaro, where she earned a master’s degree and a PhD in Rural Development. She has lived in San Miguel de Allende for eight years, where she works with nonprofit organizations and as a teacher in the Universidad Allende. She is currently pursuing postdoctoral work at the University of Queretaro.
Special Music is provided by Latin guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro, whose musical styles range from standard classical repertoire to jazz to South American music in its many guises.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.