Political afterlives of Mexico's dead and disappeared
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Embargo end date06/07/2026
Ohlson, Olof Kjell Oscar
This PhD thesis is a study of Mexican activism that aims to show how relatives of Mexico’s disappeared—often without earlier experience of human rights advocacy—become activists protesting violence through public displays of grief. Political street protests transform over time to become annual commemorative events at new memorial sites for the disappeared who, as neither truly dead nor alive, are in need of special rites and cannot be incorporated in the Day of the Dead celebration with its satirical political altars. Mexico’s material culture and new activist strategies sustain political afterlives of the nation’s more than 200,000 dead and at least 37,000 disappeared victims of state and criminal violence, which, in turn, cast light on how Mexico’s necropolitics cause new challenges for and responses from its necrosociality.