Ashley Agbasoga

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Northwestern U.

Grant number

Gr. 9723

Approve Date

October 23, 2018

Project Title

Agbasoga, Ashley N., Northwestern U., Evanston, IL - To aid research on 'Citizenship and Belonging: Blackness, The State, and Geography in Afro-Mexico,' supervised by Dr. Adia Benton

Preliminary abstract: Through a focus on geography, political economy, and an analyis of Omi and Winant’s racial formation framework, my dissertation research will investigate how blackness and citizenship are conceptualized in state projects and everyday discourse in 21st-century Mexico. I propose to conduct twelve months of ethnographic and archival research in the Costa Chica region, located on the Pacific coast of southwestern Mexico, within the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero; the Costa Chica region is currently home to Mexico’s largest, self-identified Afro-descendant population. I employ various methods–interviews, oral histories collection, participant observation, spatial mapping, and material data collection–to examine how the Mexican state constructs the nation and its citizenry, the extent to which these inform everyday understandings and interactions, how these projects and everyday practices define a racially demarcated landscape, as well as how Afro-Mexicans themselves navigate or contest these constructions.