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Exits from the LabyrinthCulture and Ideology in the Mexican National Space$
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Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520077881

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520077881.001.0001

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Introduction: The Project and the Labyrinth

Introduction: The Project and the Labyrinth

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(p.1) Introduction: The Project and the Labyrinth
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Exits from the Labyrinth
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Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520077881.003.0001

This book reviews the study of national culture. The problem covered is both political and conceptual. Its political dimension is associated to the formulation and discussion of alternate national ideologies (or of an antinational ideology). Intellectually, the issue is how to analyze culture in the national space, and how to understand the dynamic relationship between any attempt to describe national culture and the formulation of nationalist ideologies. The first part of this book is a study of cultural production and ideology in Morelos and Huasteca Potosina. The second part develops an interpretation of a few aspects of Mexican national culture and of Mexican ideology. It concentrates on the history of legitimacy and charisma in Mexican politics, and the relationship between the national community and racial ideology. It is hoped that this book could open doors to a critique of cultural practices in Mexico.

Keywords:   Mexican national culture, national ideologies, Mexican ideology, Morelos, Huasteca Potosina, Mexican politics, national community, racial ideology

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