Indigenous men and women wearing masks at the wake of Cacique Messias Martins

Spotlight

Upstairs, Downstairs

“Upstairs, Downstairs” gives us a glimpse of the rich, domestic workers and the middle class in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also takes a look at social mobility, especially in the Covid era.

 

This Spotlight will become the Winter issue of ReVista, Volume XXI, No. 2, later this winter.

Articles

Editor’s Letter

Editor's Letter Upstairs, Downstairs (and In-Between)When Argentine biologist Otto Solbrig was interim DRCLAS faculty director many years ago, he commented more than once that ReVista did not feature enough photos of middle-class people.  I tried to respond to his...

Invisible Commutes

Invisible Commutes

English + Español
Belén García, a Colombian domestic worker, wakes up at five in the morning every day in her home in the chilly mountains of southeastern Bogotá. After taking a shower, she dresses in several…

Slavery Upstairs, Slavery Downstairs

Slavery Upstairs, Slavery Downstairs

On February 14, 1800, someone slipped an anonymous letter to the solicitor general of Lima’s high court via one of his domestic servants. When he opened it, the solicitor (fiscal)…

Let’s Talk about Resilience

Let’s Talk about Resilience

English + Español
When I joined the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) family in October 2019, I never imagined that a few months later I would experience both the pain and…

Qualified but Rejected

Qualified but Rejected

English + Español
As of 2021, more than six million Venezuelans had left a crisis-ridden country in search of a decent life that is not plagued by food insecurity and the lack of other basic needs. Close to five million of them…

Waiting for Rain

Waiting for Rain

Just before the beginning of the pandemic, I traveled to Sevilla, Colombia, to meet with Yudith Leguí, a participant in my sociological research, whom I first interviewed in 2016 in El…

Savoring the Maya Past

Savoring the Maya Past

Every now and then, a book review request lands at just the right time to contemplate, even savor the work. I read and mused over Her Cup for Sweet Cacao as part of my journey from the United…

The Challenges of Yenny Hurtado

The Challenges of Yenny Hurtado

English + Español
Yenny Hurtado is a tall, slim woman whose skin does not reveal her history and much less, her age. She sports a red and pink turban with much grace and simplicity. The naturalness with…

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

English + Español
Growing up in Lima Peru, I can remember people saying, “There is no middle class.” This was an exaggeration. Not all the non-poor were rich—far from it—but the differences in the living …

Caregiving, Domestic Work and Migration

Caregiving, Domestic Work and Migration

English + Español
We often think of caregiving as an highly individual issue, but actually care is “what’s done to conserve and repair our world to live in the best possible form,” to paraphrase political scientist…

What is The Middle Class in Mexico?

What is The Middle Class in Mexico?

English + Español
“El Santuario”—the sanctuary—is an exclusive residential gated community in the town of San Pedro Garza García in northern Mexico. Tucked into the hills, the neighborhood is home to mansions worth…

Firefly Dynamics

Firefly Dynamics

As the mestizo grandson of Bolivian Indigenous farmers and Scottish aristocratic landowners, I’ve long been fascinated by social mixing and mobility. Growing up in the…

A Review of Mapping the Amazon

A Review of Mapping the Amazon

English + Español
In her book Mapping the Amazon: Literary Geography after the Rubber Boom, Amanda M. Smith renews the critical readings about the corpus canónico of the 20th-century novels about the…