Commentary: Intermediary in Mexico

Andrea Palley

In the spring semester of 2007, I conducted a research project in a little village which I will call “Santa Maria”, located an hour’s bus ride outside Guanajuato, Mexico. This project was the culmination of a study abroad semester in Guanajuato. My initial goal was to learn about the social function of an elementary school in a small rural setting, and how it benefits the students and the community. Through interviewing a social worker, a teacher, parents and students, I was able to study the community from multiple perspectives. Together, they articulated one common theme – the school system has become a focal point for community organizing. Although as a study abroad student, my time was limited, my fieldwork in Santa Maria gave me personal insight into how anthropological research can be used to link distinct groups of people….

Student Anthropologist, 1 (1)

Publication date: 2009

Pages: 20 – 21

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