Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz

PhD (McGill)
Professor of Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan
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Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz (PhD McGill 1993) is Professor of Social Anthropology in the Anthropological Sciences Faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan (UADY). Since November 2011, Igor is President of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association.

His research has focused on issues related to labour, local perceptions of potential and future of life, local knowledge and ideas about contemporary scientific knowledge, and the rhetorical power of the representations in the field of knowledge and identity. He is currently working on images, representations and cultural conceptualizations of the body, on the relationship between food and identity in the post-colonial and post-national, and the importance of new technologies in contemporary culture.

Igor has written six books.


The state of Yucatán has its own distinct culinary tradition, and local people are constantly thinking and talking about food. They use it as a vehicle for social relations but also to distinguish themselves from "Mexicans." This book examines the politics surrounding regional cuisine, as the author argues that Yucatecan gastronomy has been created and promoted in an effort to affirm the …