Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Shattering the Everyday, Rearranging the Ordinary. The Categories, Temporalities, and Spatial Dimensions of an Acute Event: The Case of the Villas de Salvarcar Massacre
by de Lachica Huerta, Fabiola, Ph.D., The New School, 2020, 208; 27831825
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation analyzes the Villas de Salvarcar massacre in Ciudad Juárez as an acute event —a rupture followed by an uncharacteristic openness—that emerged from a tense and violent context to become a milestone for the city and for Mexico writ large. The uniqueness of an individual event as well as its rootedness in specific conditions allow and foreclose certain types of social action and social change. This dissertation emphasizes the uniqueness and complexity of a singular event rather than taking a reductionist approach.

Specifically, this dissertation investigates different paradoxes bound up in the unfolding of this event. First, I explore the notion of an event as a social rupture that shocks and disrupts the existing ground, triggering reorganization, and allowing for the emergence of new political subjects and the building of new networks and strategies. Second, I show that the uniqueness of an acute event—which is similar in nature to other occurrences within the chronic conditions of the city that did not transform into events—was produced, maintained, and mobilized over time through discursive moments like declarations, speeches, and newspaper articles (Wagner-Pacifici 2017). Third, I argue that the particular violence of this event added an additional capacity for disruption to its eventfulness, evident in how its subsequent framing as a security problem brought tensions between violence and security-oriented approaches into the foreground.

I analyze this event from different standpoints in order to understand both its rootedness in a particular ground as well as its transformative force. These dimensions—categorical, temporal, and spatial—allow me to focus on how political subjects’ social actions mobilize events, how the event materializes in different forms, and how these materializations allow the event to flow over time such that we find traces of the event both within the everyday and in moments of social change. Throughout this dissertation, I unpack the particularities of each dimension, and I highlight the nuances that each dimension adds to the analysis of the event as a whole.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wagner-Pacifici, Robin
Commitee: Molnár, Virág, Kloppe-Santamaría, Gema, Villarreal, Ana
School: The New School
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Sociology
Keywords: Chronic conditions, Collective memory, Ciudad Juárez, Event, Victims, Violence
Publication Number: 27831825
ISBN: 9798662425286
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