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El Dia de los Muertos American-style: Communicating with the Living

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To remember the dead is to remember how and why they died. Drawing on the work of EP Thompson and others, this paper will analyze American-style public celebrations of Day of the Dead as a form of moral economy through which US Latinos use their cultural resources to protest social, economic and political oppression faced by the community. Politicized Day of the Dead rituals are grounded in moral claims about the proper social and economic functions of various parties as well as appeals to authorities to attend to the common weal.

While creating ancestor altars or decorating gravemarkers are usually private, family-oriented rituals in Latin America, they become performative in the US - designed to communicate messages to the living rather than the dead. The drama and spectacle of Day of the Dead rituals, which are advertised in US newspapers, radio and the Internet, attract sizeable audiences and media coverage in a way that ordinary political work does not. This is particularly important given the chronic under-representation of Latinos and Latino concerns in the mainstream media.

Focusing on a 2001 cemetary event in Holtville, California, where the cadavers of some 200 unidentified migrants found along the US/Mexican border are interred, and altars/vigils created in Southern California to honor victims of environmental hazards, drugs and gang violence, I examine how contemporary Day of the Dead rituals dramatize local problems to invoke discourses around national and global concerns.

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Marchi, Regina Miriam. "El Dia de los Muertos American-style: Communicating with the Living" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111629_index.html>

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Marchi, R. , 2003-05-27 "El Dia de los Muertos American-style: Communicating with the Living" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111629_index.html

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Abstract: To remember the dead is to remember how and why they died. Drawing on the work of EP Thompson and others, this paper will analyze American-style public celebrations of Day of the Dead as a form of moral economy through which US Latinos use their cultural resources to protest social, economic and political oppression faced by the community. Politicized Day of the Dead rituals are grounded in moral claims about the proper social and economic functions of various parties as well as appeals to authorities to attend to the common weal.

While creating ancestor altars or decorating gravemarkers are usually private, family-oriented rituals in Latin America, they become performative in the US - designed to communicate messages to the living rather than the dead. The drama and spectacle of Day of the Dead rituals, which are advertised in US newspapers, radio and the Internet, attract sizeable audiences and media coverage in a way that ordinary political work does not. This is particularly important given the chronic under-representation of Latinos and Latino concerns in the mainstream media.

Focusing on a 2001 cemetary event in Holtville, California, where the cadavers of some 200 unidentified migrants found along the US/Mexican border are interred, and altars/vigils created in Southern California to honor victims of environmental hazards, drugs and gang violence, I examine how contemporary Day of the Dead rituals dramatize local problems to invoke discourses around national and global concerns.

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El Dia de los Muertos - American Style: Communicating with the Living Tracking # ICA-14-11115 Introduction: Associated with a pre-industrial past that is seemingly unrelated to the modern world ethnic folk rituals practiced in the United States are often dismissed as apolitical activities that serve only to entertain. As a result ritual as a medium for critiquing dominant systems of power has generally been neglected within the fields of Communication and Cultural Studies in favor of analyses of mass
Merlin Press London. Turner Kay and Jasper Pat. 1994. “Day of the Dead: The Tex-Mex Tradition” in Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life ed. Jack Santino. Knoxville. University of Tennessee. Turner Victor. 1977. Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure Cornell University Press Ithaca NY. --------- 1982. Celebration: Studies in Festivity and Ritual Smithsonian Institution Press Washington DC. Viquiera Juan Pedro. July-Dec. 1984. “La Ilustracion y las fiestas religiosas populares en la Ciudad de Mexico (1730-1821) ” in Cuicuilco


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