Beloved Monster: Ethnographies of Mexico City

Oralia Gómez-Ramírez

Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia


In this article, Gómez-Ramírez discusses the current complexitities of depicting Mexico City as a site of ethnographic research. Against the backdrop of a renewed anti-Mexico and anti-Mexicans rhetoric in North America, ethnographers face the challenge of depicting both life’s joys and pains in ways that defy culturalist explanations. By using ethnographic creative nonfiction, feminist ethnographers are well-positioned to provide insights into the multiple layers of complexity converging in one place and thus help oppose persistent essentialist imageries. The author suggests that ethnographers position themselves as accurate interpreters and thoughtful translators of sociocultural empathy, and that readers of ethnographies engage with those interpretations softly.


Mexico City; Creative Nonfiction; Feminist Ethnography

Citation: Gómez-Ramírez, O., 2019. “Beloved Monster: Ethnographies of Mexico City”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 161-169.