Fragments of a Golden Age The Politics of Culture in Mexico since 1940

ISBN-10: 082232718X
ISBN-13: 9780822327189
Edition: 2001
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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, post-1940 Mexico that emerged. 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, graphic 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 modernisation 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," 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 modernisation.

Elena Poniatowska is the author of more than forty works, including the classic Massacre in Mexico and the novels Dear Diego and Tinisima (FSG, 1996). She lives in Mexico City.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Reclaiming the History of Postrevolutionary Mexico
Assembling the Fragments: Writing a Cultural History of Mexico Since 1940
Making It Real Compared to What? Reconceptualizing Mexican History Since 1940
At Play Amongst the Fragments
Mexico's Pepsi Challenge: Traditional Cooking, Mass Consumption, and National Identity
The Selling of Mexico: Tourism and the State, 1929-1952
Today, Tomorrow, and Always: The Golden Age of Illustrated Magazines in Mexico, 1937-1960
Myths of Cultural Imperialism and Nationalism in Golden Age Mexican Cinema
Bodies, Cities, Cinema: Pedro Infante's Death as Political Spectacle
Discovering a Land "Mysterious and Obvious": The Renarrativizing of Postrevolutionary Mexico
Toiling for the "New Invaders": Autoworkers, Transnational Corporations, and Working-Class Culture in Mexico City, 1955-1968
El Santos and the Return of the Killer Aztecs!
Masked Media: The Adventures of Lucha Libre on the Small Screen
Coraz�n del Rocanrol
Cultural Industries in the Free Trade Age: A Look at Mexican Television
Cablevision(nation) and Rural Yucat�n: Performing Modernity and Mexicanidad in the Early 1990s
The Aura of Ruins
Final Reflections
Transnational Processes and the Rise and Fall of the Mexican Cultural State: Notes from the Past
Contributors
Index

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