The Land of the Magical Maya

Puerto Progreso, Yucatán. © Claudia Fonseca Alfaro 2014.

The Land of the Magical Maya

Doctoral project

An ethnographic study of Export Processing Zones in Yucatán, The Land of the Magical Maya takes a multi-scalar, historical approach to analyze how the people in the city of Motul experienced the rise and decline of the most important maquiladora in the state. Drawing on a postcolonial reading of Lefebvrean theory, the thesis also tells a bigger tale about the specific density of global capitalism in one location—as it is articulated through processes of racialization, colonization, and violence.

Date Completed
February 2018