Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism / Edition 1

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In Mexico, as elsewhere, the national space, that network of places where the people interact with state institutions, is constantly changing. How it does so, how it develops, is a historical process-a process that Claudio Lomnitz exposes, explores, and theorizes in this book, which develops a distinct view of the cultural politics of nation-making in Mexico. Lomnitz highlights the varied, evolving, and often conflicting efforts that have been made by Mexicans over the past two centuries to imagine, organize, represent, and know their country, its relations with the wider world, and its internal differences and inequalities. Firmly based on particulars and committed to the specificity of such theorizing, this book also has broad implications for how a theoretically informed history can and should be done.

A historical and theoretical exploration of Mexican national space by way of an analysis of nationalism, the public sphere, and knowledge production, Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico brings an original perspective to the dynamics of national cultural production on the periphery. Its blending of theoretical innovation, historical inquiry, and critical engagement provides a new model for the writing of history and anthropology in contemporary Mexico and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816632909
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Public Worlds Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Making the Nation
1 Nationalism as a Practical System: Benedict Anderson's Theory of Nationalism from the Vantage Point of Spanish America 3
2 Communitarian Ideologies and Nationalism 35
3 Modes of Mexican Citizenship 58
4 Passion and Banality in Mexican History: The Presidential Persona 81
5 Fissures in Contemporary Mexican Nationalism 110
Pt. II Geographies of the Public Sphere
6 Nationalism's Dirty Linen: "Contact Zones" and the Topography of National Identity 125
7 Ritual, Rumor, and Corruption in the Formation of Mexican Polities 145
8 Center, Periphery, and the Connections between Nationalism and Local Discourses of Distinction 165
Pt. III Knowing the Nation
9 Interpreting the Sentiments of the Nation: Intellectuals and Govermentality in Mexico 197
10 An Intellectual's Stock in the Factory of Mexico's Ruins: Enrique Krauze's Mexico: Biography of Power 212
11 Bordering on Anthropology: Dialectics of a National Tradition 228
12 Provincial Intellectuals and the Sociology of the So-Called Deep Mexico 263
Notes 287
References 317
Index 335
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