The role of agency, collectivity and solidarity within irregular journeys across Mexico

Published Date:   Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

The role of agency, collectivity and solidarity within irregular journeys across Mexico: Gianmaria Lenti and Bernardo López

GianmariaLenti and Bernardo López Marin working on Trans-Mexican migration found that trans-Mexican migrants engage in actions and practices of individual and collective nature that consolidate strongbonds of solidarity and brotherhood, such as the design and employment of tactics to alleviate the vicissitudes oftransit, withstand the escalation of governmental oppression and the social consequences encompassing this humanitarian crises. Tenacious manifestations of autonomy and agency witness open displays of social resistance, being characterized by its creativity, inter subjectivity and strength. All members of this community possess a unique reality and distinctiveness, typifying each of them in categories that define the effectiveness and viability afforded by the strategies they use, to overcome countless obstacles during transit. Importantly, these migrants should not be perceived solely as victims, but as independent individuals whom use their agency to resist socio political exclusion and institutional oppression. They constitute a collective entity of political actors in movement, whose members are not affiliated on the ground of nationality but on the fulfilment of a common objective.

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