Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationNorthwestern U.
Grant numberGr. 9723
Approve DateOctober 23, 2018
Project TitleAgbasoga, 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.