Critical Dialogues

The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition December 30, 2014 21:01

The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

Immigrants reconstruct their identities, transfer their customs, traditions and cultural symbols, and adapt themselves to a different environment.   Claudio Chipana*   The Latin–American [...]
 
The crossroads of a Latin American immigrant November 30, 2014 21:59

The crossroads of a Latin American immigrant

The electoral gains of UKIP with its anti-immigrant discourse and ability to charge the domestic agenda and front pages with the need to cut [...]
 
Reflections on identity and diversity October 20, 2014 15:16

Reflections on identity and diversity

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the heterogeneous character of Latin America, and indeed without paying attention to this diversity it would [...]
 
 
Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna August 31, 2014 23:07

Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

The words are a battle cry, a plea to save the region’s environment and water supply and put an end to predatory and polluting [...]
 
A requiem for Gaza August 3, 2014 11:12

A requiem for Gaza

The killing of Palestine’s civilian population, including women and children, is unjustifiable. The people of Palestine can only choose between freedom and death.   [...]
 
Recognition as a ontological and human relationship July 6, 2014 22:17

Recognition as a ontological and human relationship

Recognition is looking in the mirror at the other to build a community that is not homogeneous but diverse.   Claudio Chipana G.   [...]
 
 
Latinos defending their identity May 18, 2014 00:04

Latinos defending their identity

 The recognition of ethnic minorities is, above all, the recognition of their identity.    Claudio Chipana *   There is a large Latin American [...]
 
Latin America, a synthesis  of diverse cultures May 11, 2014 02:31

Latin America, a synthesis of diverse cultures

An accurate historical account of Latin American identity is to be found in the fact that the notion of ‘Latin America’ has changed over [...]
 
Latino identity: a case of multiple identities (Part 1) May 4, 2014 03:54

Latino identity: a case of multiple identities (Part 1)

  In Latin America there is no single homogeneous reality: it is a region of contrasts, where different utopian visions and different everyday stories [...]
 
 
Make mine a double April 13, 2014 00:02

Make mine a double

I went with my son to see the new film directed by Richard Ayoade, “The Double”, based loosely on a short story by Dostoevsky. [...]
 
Abortion: Can we discuss it? March 15, 2014 23:45

Abortion: Can we discuss it?

Spain has been rocked by demonstrations against the government’s new law limiting a woman’s right to an abortion.   Steve Latham Continent-wide, this move [...]
 
Venezuela at the crossroads March 2, 2014 00:01

Venezuela at the crossroads

If the Bolivarian government has survived these attacks and the attempted coup d’état, it is because it has the support of the people. It [...]
 
 
The millennial Peru at the British Museum January 11, 2014 23:59

The millennial Peru at the British Museum

Museums are spaces and intercultural meeting places where ethnic communities have a role to play.   Claudio Chipana   It is estimated that within [...]
 
Mandela belongs to the future December 15, 2013 02:51

Mandela belongs to the future

His spirit is present in every struggle against racial discrimination – an institutionalised discrimination under the apartheid regime – but it is also present [...]
 
Latin-Americans in Lambeth are… no longer invisible December 8, 2013 21:25

Latin-Americans in Lambeth are… no longer invisible

In the end what it is about is empowering the community and giving people the necessary tools, so that in conjunction with local governments [...]
 
 
 

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