Transnational homies and the urban middle class: defining the ideal transnational service worker in Guatemala

When:
April 28, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
2015-04-28T14:30:00-04:00
2015-04-28T16:30:00-04:00
Where:
901 Kaneff Tower, York University
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poster for the CERLAC event Transnational homies and the urban middle class: defining the ideal transnational service worker in Guatemala in png formatYork University's Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) presents Transnational homies and the urban middle class: defining the ideal transnational service worker in Guatemala.

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Location: Kaneff Tower 901
Time: 2:30 4:30

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Call centres in Guatemala represent a transnational labour market that draws employees from two critical masses of population. A majority of the workforce is comprised of young urban university students. A minority are migrants who have returned from the United States, mostly through deportation. According to traditional labour stratification and Guatemalan ethnic and racial ideologies, these two groups should be separated both socially and spatially, while the new transnational worker should be represented by the highly educated middle class. The returned migrants, who are imagined in Guatemalan as gang members or the sort of uncultured people who have historically been excluded from the transnational, defy this logic. This talk will examine these symbolic struggles over defining the ideal transnational worker.

Luis Pedro Meoño Artiga is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico. He has worked in Guatemalanas an investigator for the Center of Regional Investigation in Mesoamerica (CIRMA) and the Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation, examining the current state of inter-ethnic relations in Guatemala. His academic interests are focused on urban anthropology, in particular Guatemala City, from contemporary expressions of popular culture to return migration.

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is an interdisciplinary research unit concerned with the economic development, political and social organization, and cultural contributions of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centre works to build academic and cultural links between these regions and Canada; to inform researchers, policy advisors, and the public on matters concerning the regions; and to assist in the development of research and teaching institutions that directly benefit the peoples of the regions.