Faculty » Emeritus » Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez
Ph.D. 1975 University of California San Diego
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Professor Vélez-Ibáñez's work centers on one basic question: how do we as a species manage to survive the enormous stresses of global, national, regional, and local pressures and constraints to live out our lives in a relatively humane manner. The question has underlaid all his academic work in urban Mexico, in the Southwestern United States, and presently in Puerto Rico. He asks more specific questions about the development of identity as a modifier at different levels: cultural, ethnic, class, and household. This interest is also tied to questions of adaptation, the distribution of sadness, the emergence of social networks and language change, economic and technical shifts within the structure of households, and the migration of human populations. Professor Vélez-Ibáñez is also interested in the application of knowledge for the benefit of those populations with whom we work. Formerly the founder and director of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona, he oversaw research on Culture and Agriculture, the Garbage Project, and Women in Development.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Human Rights: The Scholar as Activist. Carol Nagengast and Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez (eds), Washington D.C.: Publications of the Society of Applied Anthropology: 2004; Transnational Latina/o Communities:Politics, Process, and Cultures (2002 with Anna Sampaio) Boulder: Rowland and Littlefield and Latin American Perspectives Special Volume; Border Visions: The Cultures of Mexicans of the Southwest United States (1996); Bonds of Mutual Trust: The Cultural System of Rotating Credit Associations among Urban Mexicans and Chicanos (1983); Rituals of Marginality: Politics, Process, and Culture Change In Central Urban Mexico, 1969-1974 (1983). "Off the Backs of Others": The Political Ecology of Credit, Debt, and Class Formation and Transformation among the Colonias of New Mexico and Elsewhere, in L. Fernandez and R.T. Carson (Eds.), Both Sides of the Border: Transboundary Environmental Managment Issues Facing Mexico and the United States (2002, Sr. Author with Guillermina Nunez, and Dominic Rissolo)Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. La Migración y Transición Demográfica de los Mexicanos del Sudoeste de los Estados Unidos, Investigación y Ciencia, Spanish edition of the Scientific American. Barcelona, No 278, November, 1999; Trauma Issues and Social Modalities Concerning Mental Health Concepts and Practices among Mexicans of the Southwest United States with Reference to other Latino Groups (Sr. Author with Camilo Garcia Para; 1999), in K. Nader, N. Dubrow, and B.H. Stam, (Eds.) Cultural Issues and the Treatment of Trauma and Loss: Honoring Differences. London: Taylor & Francis. Chicano Drivers of Ideas in Anthropology Across Space and Place: The Synergy of Anthropology and Chicano Studies, 1970-1997, Occasional Paper No.53. Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, July 1998. Prologo (Preface) to María Angela Rodríguez, Identidad Cultural de Mexicanos y Chicanos en Los Angeles, California. Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Porrua/CIESAS, 1998; The Humanity of the Literature and Art of Jose Antonio Burciaga. Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies Research. Vol 22, No. 2, Fall, 1997; Mexicans of the U.S. Southwest, Encyclopedia of American Immigrant Cultures. Macmillan Library Reference, 1997.