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True Stories of Crime in Modern Mexico
     

True Stories of Crime in Modern Mexico

by Robert Buffington (Editor)
 

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Crime has played a complicated role in the history of human social relations. Public narratives about murders, insanity, kidnappings, assassinations, and infanticide attempt to make sense of the social, economic, and cultural realities of ordinary people at different periods in history. Such stories also shape the ways historians write about society and offer

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Crime has played a complicated role in the history of human social relations. Public narratives about murders, insanity, kidnappings, assassinations, and infanticide attempt to make sense of the social, economic, and cultural realities of ordinary people at different periods in history. Such stories also shape the ways historians write about society and offer valuable insight into aspects of life that more conventional accounts have neglected, misunderstood, or ignored altogether.

This edited volume focuses on Mexico's social and cultural history through the lens of celebrated cases of social deviance from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each essay centers on a different crime story and explores the documentary record of each case in order to reconstruct the ways in which they helped shape Mexican society's views of itself and of its criminals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826345295
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Series:
Dialogos Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Robert Buffington is associate professor of women and gender studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Criminal and Citizen in Modern Mexico.

Pablo Piccato is associate professor of history at Columbia University. He is the author of City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931.

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