Kinship and Politics in Mexico.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 11:50
Oral Presentation
Luis BERRUECOS, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Xochimilco Campus, Mexico, Professor, Mexico, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Kinship and Politics in Mexico.

The anthropology of kinship is closely linked with belonging to a social group, the transmission of heredity and the rights of a lineage, and even influences the dynamics of social relations. Basically, Anthropologists recognize four types of social relations of kinship: consanguinity or blood, affinity or marriage also called political kinship, ritual like compadrazgo and adoption. Based on authors such as Peter H. Smith and Roderic Ai Camp, among others, we analyze the change and continuity in political career structures, the issue of elections, the Mexican political system, organized crime, violence and security in Mexico as well as the always complicated relation with the United States to explain the dynamics of the succession of those who occupied leadership positions. In the light of the above, the research attempts to apply the ethnographic methodology of anthropology to the analysis of social relations of kinship to elucidate the extent to which they have influenced the trajectory of some characters of the Mexican political system to try to explain how and , above all, why there are individuals who, without being part of the political elite, become part of it, or how, being part of it, they even inherit via kinship their charges to their descendants or related, ritual or even adopted relatives.