Signs of Empire in Mexican Graphic Narrative: A Research Agenda

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"U.S. cultural policy in the Americas is articulated with greatest force and consistency through commercial criteria and the capitalist market, a cultural diffusion of “consumer styles” and upper middle class habits at the service of the geo-political interests of the nation-state. Indeed, neo-liberalism and its individualist habitus comprise a hegemonic cultural language of Empire that extends even to those precincts of regional social life where English does not. A critical examination of recent Mexican graphic narrative production illustrates how U.S. modernizing norms circulate among popular sectors, and how these norms are positioned in relation to Mexican national identity."