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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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Spatial Analysis and National Culture

Spatial Analysis and National Culture

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(p.311) 18 Spatial Analysis and National Culture
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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/9780520077881.003.0019

This chapter reports a spatial analysis of Mexican political forms. Most of the works on Mexican national culture emerged out of concern with the forms in which Mexico was or was not modernizing. The touchy defensiveness that Octavio Paz and Samuel Ramos identified, named, and criticized was the result of the distance and forms of interrelations between intimate cultures in Mexico. By creating new concepts, the conceptual problems involved in understanding regional culture have been emphasized. It mentioned that localist ideologies, including nationalism, cannot be analyzed without understanding their relationship to actual spaces of cultural production. Nationalism cannot be understood without an analysis of culture in the national space. Throughout, this book has shown that the specific characteristics of national ideologies have significant effects throughout the national space. Thus, the study of culture in the national space is fundamental for the discussion of alternative forms of nationalism.

Keywords:   spatial analysis, Mexican political forms, Octavio Paz, Samuel Ramos, nationalism, national ideologies, national space, Mexican national culture

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