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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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The Cultural Region: A Problematization from the Core

The Cultural Region: A Problematization from the Core

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(p.82) 4 The Cultural Region: A Problematization from the Core
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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/9780520077881.003.0005

This chapter problematizes Morelos' regional culture from Morelos' regional core. It also describes the intimate cultures of Cuernavaca. The physical characteristics of Cuernavaca provide clues about the discontinuities in hegemonic cultural projects in Morelos' core. The conceptualization of the city as divided into the five main types of class-based settlements presented is a useful point of departure for a discussion of intimate cultures and of the culture of social relations in the core. There are two major modes of peasant cultural existence in Cuernavaca: as migrants who live in sprawling shanty towns and are employed in the factories or the services, and as dwellers of peasant villages that have been engulfed by the city. The discussion of peasant cultural transformations in Cuernavaca leads directly into the question of emergent forms of proletarian culture. Cuernavacan elites ally themselves to a hegemonic project that is not in their control.

Keywords:   regional culture, regional core, Morelos, Cuernavaca, peasant culture, proletarian culture, Cuernavacan elites

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