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Diego Rivera’s mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central is a fascinating critique of high society and wealthy elites. It also offers a multitude of other stories that intersect in a web of historical memory. The massive mural, the histories it depicts, and even its physical journey after a devastating earthquake, hold answers to many of the questions readers might ask about Mexico. It also demonstrates how cultural artifacts explain the world around us and expose intersections and entanglements of specific power dynamics.

Modern Mexican Culture offers an enriching and deep investigation of key ideas and events in Mexico through an examination of art and history. Experts in Mexican cultural and literary studies cover the 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre, the figure of the charro (cowboy), the construct of the postrevolutionary teacher, the class-correlated construct of gente decente, a borderlands response to the rhetoric of dominance, and the “democratic transition” in late twentieth-century Mexico. Each essay is a rich reading experience, providing teachers and students alike with a deep and well-contextualized sense of Mexican life, culture, and politics.

Each chapter provides a historical grounding of its topic, followed by a multifaceted analysis through various artistic representations that provide a more complex view of Mexico. Chapters are accompanied by lists of readily available murals, political cartoons, plays, pamphlets, posters, films, poems, novels, and other cultural products. Modern Mexican Culture demonstrates the power of art and artists to question, explain, and influence the world around us.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: The Art of History
  2. Stuart A. Day
  3. pp. 3-24
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  1. 1. DREAMers: Youth and Migration: American DREAMers and Mexico
  2. Marta Caminero-Santangelo
  3. pp. 25-45
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  1. 2. Milpa: Mesoamerican Resistance to Agricultural Imperialism
  2. Analisa Taylor
  3. pp. 46-65
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  1. 3. Charros: A Critical Introduction
  2. Christopher Conway
  3. pp. 66-83
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  1. 4. Print: The People’s Print Shop: Art, Politics, and the Taller de Gráfica Popular
  2. Ryan Long
  3. pp. 84-106
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  1. 5. Teachers: Educating Cohesion: The Teacher as an Agent of the Postrevolutionary State
  2. David S. Dalton
  3. pp. 107-122
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  1. 6. Murder: M for Murder: Mexico and Its Democratic State
  2. Fernando Fabio Sánchez
  3. pp. 123-147
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  1. 7. Solitude
  2. Robert McKee Irwin
  3. pp. 148-165
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  1. 8. Democracy: The Idea of Democratic Transition
  2. Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado
  3. pp. 166-183
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  1. 9. Classism: Gente Decente and Civil Rights: From Suffrage to Divorce and Privileges in Between
  2. Emily Hind
  3. pp. 184-202
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  1. 10. 1968: Archiving Amnesia: Tlatelolco and the Artfulness of Memory
  2. Jacqueline E. Bixler
  3. pp. 203-218
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  1. 11. War: Medusa’s Head: The Drug War Commandeers the People
  2. Rafael Acosta Morales
  3. pp. 219-236
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  1. 12. Feminicide: Expanding Outrage: Representations of Gendered Violence and Feminicide in Mexico
  2. Dana A. Meredith, Luis Alberto Rodríguez Cortés
  3. pp. 237-258
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  1. 13. El Norte: The North in Contemporary Mexican Narrative, Poetry, and Film: Relocating National Imaginaries Beyond the Mythology of Violence
  2. Oswaldo Zavala
  3. pp. 259-272
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  1. 14. Media: Media from Above/Media from Below: An Alternative Topography of the Mexican Mediascape
  2. Magalí Rabasa
  3. pp. 273-292
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  1. 15.
  2. Debra A. Castillo
  3. pp. 293-312
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 313-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-330
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