Cartographies of Youth Resistance: Hip-Hop, Punk, and Urban Autonomy in Mexico
– Fall 2020 by University of California Press

About the book from UC Press:

In his exciting new book, based on a decade of ethnographic fieldwork, Maurice Magaña considers how urban and migrant youth in Oaxaca embrace subcultures from hip-hop to punk and adopt creative organizing practices to create meaningful channels of participation in local social and political life. In the process, young people remake urban space and construct new identities in ways that directly challenge elite visions of their city and essentialist notions of what it means to be indigenous in the contemporary era. Cartographies of Youth Resistance is essential reading for students and scholars interested in youth politics and culture in Mexico, social movements, urban studies, and migration.

“Revealing the aesthetics, horizontal organizational strategies, and epistemologies behind one of the twenty-first century’s most creative social movements, Magaña vividly paints urban Indigenous and migrant youth as creators of new models of politics and culture that are crucial for our time.”

—Lynn Stephen, Philip H. Knight Chair and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon and author of We are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements

“This is a beautifully written book that analyzes the life and transformation of one social movement: youth activists in Oaxaca, Mexico who cohered into a movement after the 2006 civil uprising in that city. An important contribution to the literature on social movements, indigeneity, art, urban politics, and neoliberalism.”

—Nancy Postero, author of The Indigenous State: Race, Politics, and Performance in Plurinational Bolivia