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 residentsparticular those from popular groups and poor circumstancesclaimed (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.
|Publisher:||University of Pittsburgh Press|
|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
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