Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico

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Gilbert Michael Joseph, Daniel Nugent
Duke University Press, 1994 - Political Science - 432 pages
Everyday Forms of State Formation is the first book to systematically examine the relationship between popular cultures and state formation in revolutionary and post-revolutionary Mexico. While most accounts have emphasized either the role of peasants and peasant rebellions or that of state formation in Mexico’s past, these original essays reveal the state’s day-to-day engagement with grassroots society by examining popular cultures and forms of the state simultaneously and in relation to one another.
Structured in the form of a dialogue between a distinguished array of Mexicanists and comparative social theorists, this volume boldly reassesses past analyses of the Mexican revolution and suggests new directions for future study. Showcasing a wealth of original archival and ethnographic research, this collection provides a new and deeper understanding of Mexico’s revolutionary experience. It also speaks more broadly to a problem of extraordinary contemporary relevance: the manner in which local societies and self-proclaimed "revolutionary" states are articulated historically. The result is a unique collection bridging social history, anthropology, historical sociology, and cultural studies in its formulation of new approaches for rethinking the multifaceted relationship between power, culture, and resistance.

Contributors. Ana María Alonso, Armando Bartra, Marjorie Becker, Barry Carr, Philip Corrigan, Romana Falcón, Gilbert M. Joseph, Alan Knight, Florencia E. Mallon, Daniel Nugent, Elsie Rockwell, William Roseberry, Jan Rus, Derek Sayer, James C. Scott

 

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Contents

Popular Culture and State Formation in Revolutionary Mexico
3
Weapons and Arches in the Mexican Revolutionary Landscape
24
EMPIRICAL STUDIES
67
Force and the Search for Consent The Role of the Jefaturas Políticas
107
Yucatáns Seasons
135
Enacting and Contesting State Forms
170
Torching La Purísima Dancing at the Altar The Construction of Revo
247
The Comunidad Revolucionaria Institucional The Subversion of
265
The First Tumultuous Moments of Mass
301
The Fate of the Vanguard under a Revolutionary State Marxisms Con
326
A THEORETICAL REPRISE
353
Some Dissident Remarks on Hege
367
Bibliography
379
Index
413
Contributors
429
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Gilbert M. Joseph is Professor of History and Chair of the Council of Latin American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Revolution From Without: Yucatán, Mexico, and the United States, also published by Duke University Press.

Daniel Nugent teaches anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Arizona and is a managing editor of the Journal of Historical Sociology.

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