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MIM Working Paper Series 17:1 Political déjà Vu: Symbolic transferability and political cultural reconstruction among Mexican migrants in New Zealand

MIM Working Paper Series 17:1

Political déjà Vu: Symbolic transferability and political cultural reconstruction among Mexican migrants in New Zealand

Author

Guillermo Merelo, PhD Scholar, University of Auckland

Published 2017

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Abstract:

Using a semiotic-interpretive approach to the concept of political acculturation this paperexplores the processes of political cultural reconstruction of 60 members of the Mexicancommunity in New Zealand. Based on four years of ethnographic research it argues that thepost-migratory reconstruction of the political arena follows common cognitive and emotionallines. These are illustrated in a four-stage process of cultural mediation through whichindividuals ascribe meaning to symbolic representations of politics experienced in two politicalsettings. The paper depicts political acculturative phenomena as endless processes ofnegotiation resulting in constantly evolving hybrid frameworks through which migrantsunderstand and respond to the challenges posited by the polities they inhabit.


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