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Sustainability and community agency: The role of elderly indigenous women in rural Mexico

About the Speaker 

Dr. Erika Carcaño is a Research Professor at the Department of Public Politics and Development, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty at the University of Guanajuato. Erika researches the indigenous old people in rural áreas and their participation in sustaintable community development.


In this presentation we show how community empowerment allows peasant indigenous communities a resilient generational and transgenerational memory in which the structure of community care and transmission is decisively configured. These attributes are reflected in sustainability practices that face environmental challenges, where elderly indigenous women  play a fundamental role. The methodology used was an extensive bibliographic review on the subject, taking into account the perspectives of different authors and also field studies with rural indigenous communities located in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico.  This work shows that the model of the retired and isolated elderly from this community is anachronistic. The evidence indicates that their roles are deeply intertwined with the daily structures of care, production, material reproduction, defense and care of their territories, in a place plenty inserted in the community structures.

This session will be conducted via Zoom:


This event is part of a seminar series:

Hilary 2021 Seminar Series - Perspectives on Global Ageing

Event Details

04 February 2021 14:00 - 15:00


Online with Zoom