Making an Urban Public: Popular Claims to the City in Mexico, 1879-1932

Making an Urban Public: Popular Claims to the City in Mexico, 1879-1932

by Christina M. Jimenez


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Written as a social history of urbanization and popular politics, this book reinserts “the public” and “the city” into current debates about citizenship, urban development, state regulation, and modernity in the turn of the century Mexico. Rooted in thousands of pages of written correspondence between city residents and local authorities, mostly with the city council of Morelia, the rhetoric and arguments of resident and city council dialogues often highlighted a person’s or group’s contributions to the public good, effectively positioning petitioners as deserving and contributing members of the urban public. Making an Urban Publictells the story of how Morelia’s residents—particular those from popular groups and poor circumstances—claimed (and often gained) Making basic rights to the city, including the right to both participate in and benefit from the city’s public spaces; its consumer and popular cultures; its modernized infrastructure and services; its rhetorical promises around good government and effective policing; its dense networks of community; and its countless opportunities for negotiating to forward one’s agenda, and its urban promise for a better life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822945505
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Christina M. Jiménez is a professor of history and department chair at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her research and teaching interests include comparative urban history, politics of public spaces, and citizenship. She is also co-editor of the Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (Mc-Graw Hill, 2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The Petitioning City 33

Chapter 2 The Modernized City 72

Chapter 3 The Suppressed City 110

Chapter 4 The Policed City 139

Chapter 5 The Spectacular City 171

Chapter 6 The Reputable City 214

Chapter 7 The Contested City 249

Chapter 8 The Networked City 296

Conclusion 336

Notes 345

Bibliography 381

Index 393

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