Critical Dialogues

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 [...]
 
 
The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition March 15, 2014 23:27

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 [...]
 
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 [...]
 
Recognition of Latin Americans: a process acquiring local variations November 24, 2013 01:02

Recognition of Latin Americans: a process acquiring local variations

    We are Latin-Americans because we come from that great region south of the Rio Bravo, that region which is at the same [...]
 
 
Work and identity for the Latin-American migrant November 10, 2013 00:02

Work and identity for the Latin-American migrant

  Capitalism has ‘assigned’ the role of cheap labour to Latino migrants, justifying it ideologically by the application of racist stereotypes.   Claudio Chipana [...]
 
The transitional identity of the immigrant November 4, 2013 04:45

The transitional identity of the immigrant

  The immigrant tries to be what they are through trying to become other, but without becoming a completely different person.   Claudio Chipana [...]
 
Towards a Latin American humanism (II) October 20, 2013 22:37

Towards a Latin American humanism (II)

  Now that a new process of liberation in Latin America has been set in motion there is a fertile ground to promote new ways [...]
 
 
 

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    Don Quijote rides into London

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    Praise to forgetfulness

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    Playing with dragons

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    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.   Here are some thoughts on the issue of recognition. Recognition in its broadest sense embraces the individual in their uniqueness and in the constitution of the...

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    NHS on a knife edge

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    Just like Planet Earth

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    Full Contact 2014… open call for photography

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    Deprived of General Practice?

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    The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade

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    Humans and objects

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