Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940

Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940

by Gilbert M. Joseph
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822327074

ISBN-13: 9780822327073

Pub. Date: 06/29/2001

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

During the twentieth century the Mexican government invested in the creation and promotion of a national culture more aggressively than any other state in the western hemisphere. Fragments of a Golden Age provides a comprehensive cultural history of the vibrant Mexico that emerged after 1940. Agreeing that the politics of culture and its production,

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Overview

During the twentieth century the Mexican government invested in the creation and promotion of a national culture more aggressively than any other state in the western hemisphere. Fragments of a Golden Age provides a comprehensive cultural history of the vibrant Mexico that emerged after 1940. Agreeing that the politics of culture and its production, dissemination, and reception constitute one of the keys to understanding this period of Mexican history, the volume’s contributors—historians, popular writers, anthropologists, artists, and cultural critics—weigh in on a wealth of topics from music, tourism, television, and sports to theatre, unions, art, and magazines.
Each essay in its own way addresses the fragmentation of a cultural consensus that prevailed during the “golden age” of post–revolutionary prosperity, a time when the state was still successfully bolstering its power with narratives of modernization and shared community. Combining detailed case studies—both urban and rural—with larger discussions of political, economic, and cultural phenomena, the contributors take on such topics as the golden age of Mexican cinema, the death of Pedro Infante as a political spectacle, the 1951 “caravan of hunger,” professional wrestling, rock music, and soap operas.
Fragments of a Golden Age will fill a particular gap for students of modern Mexico, Latin American studies, cultural studies, political economy, and twentieth century history, as well as to others concerned with rethinking the cultural dimensions of nationalism, imperialism, and modernization.

Contributors. Steven J. Bachelor, Quetzil E. Castañeda, Seth Fein, Alison Greene, Omar Hernández, Jis & Trino, Gilbert M. Joseph, Heather Levi, Rubén Martínez, Emile McAnany, John Mraz, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, Elena Poniatowska, Anne Rubenstein, Alex Saragoza, Arthur Schmidt, Mary Kay Vaughan, Eric Zolov

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822327073
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/29/2001
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword / Elena Poniatowska

Acknowledgements

I. Reclaiming the History of Postrevolutionary Mexico

Assembling the Fragments: Writing a Cultural History of Mexico Since 1940 / Gilbert M. Joseph, Anne Rubenstein, and Eric Zolov

Making It Real Compared to What? Reconceptualizing Mexican History Since 1940 / Arthur Schmidt

II. At Play Amongst the Fragments

Mexico’s Pepsi Challenge: Traditional Cooking, Mass Consumption, and National Identity / Jeffrey M. Pilcher

The Selling of Mexico: Tourism and the State, 1929–1952 / Alex Saragoza

Today, Tomorrow, and Always: The Golden Age of Illustrated Magazines in Mexico, 1937–1960 / John Mraz

Myths of Cultural Imperialism and Nationalism in Golden Age Mexican Cinema / Seth Fein

Bodies, Cities, Cinema: Pedro Infante’s Death as Political Spectacle / Anne Rubenstein

Discovering a Land “Mysterious and Obvious”: The Renarrativizing of Postrevolutionary Mexico / Eric Zolov

Toiling for the “New Invaders”: Autoworkers, Transnational Corporations, and Working-Class Culture in Mexico City, 1955–1968 / Steven J. Bachelor

El Santos and the Return of the Killer Aztecs! / Jis y Trino

Masked Media: The Adventures of Lucha Libre on the Small Screen / Heather Levi

Corazón del Rocanrol / Rubén Martínez

Cultural Industries in the Free Trade Age: A Look at Mexican Television / Omar Hernández and Emile McAnany

Cablevision(nation) and Rural Yucatán: Performing Modernity and Mexicanidad in the Early 1990s / Alison Greene

The Aura of Ruins / Quetzil E. Castaneda

III. Final Reflections

Transnational Processes and the Rise and Fall of the Mexican Cultural State: Notes from the Past / Mary Kay Vaughan

Contributors

Index

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