[csaa-forum] CCCS Seminar: Dr Anna Pertierra, 'Tranquillity and Television in Southeastern Mexico', 23 October @ 2.30pm

Fergus Grealy f.grealy at uq.edu.au
Tue Oct 2 14:24:12 CST 2012


Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
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[http://cccs.uq.edu.au/images/events/televisions.jpg]Tranquility and Television in Southeastern Mexico

Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra

Tuesday 23 October, 2:30 - 3:30pm

Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room,
Level 1, Duhig Building (No. 2),<http://www.library.uq.edu.au/ssah/duhig/ds1.html>
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This presentation draws from ethnographic research in the city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico to explore how Mexicans express their aspirations for safety and familial success through their use of television and other domestic technologies. The focus of the seminar is upon middle class consumers, who form a large part of the urban population in comparison to other Mexican cities, including many middle class migrants from other parts of Mexico. In Chetumal, such migrants typically seek a lifestyle characterised by stable employment, a lack of violence, and larger, more comfortable houses. This last characterisation is explored in some detail, examining television sets and air-conditioners as objects that produce desirable domestic environments. These technologies enable a retreat from the social life of the street, which in Latin America is often imagined as the space of the urban poor, and produce a material space which encourages young people in particular to spend much of their time within the household, which is both a refuge and a fortress against the environmental and social hazards of the outside world. This seminar considers how residents of Chetumal deploy televisions and air-conditioners to respond to national discourses of crime and danger in Mexico, as they work towards an alternative imagined national community of middle class consumer-citizens.

Anna Cristina Pertierra is an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland.


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