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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 Localist Ideology of a Vulnerable Elite

The Localist Ideology of a Vulnerable Elite

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(p.133) 7 The Localist Ideology of a Vulnerable Elite
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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/9780520077881.003.0008

This chapter investigates the politics of the intimate culture of the regional elites through the study of some of the more salient aspects of its localist ideologies. It covers the material from three cases. The first case is with Mr. Hernández, which shows the participation of elites in the national myth in which Morelos is presented as Mexico writ small. The second example of the position and role of intellectuals in Morelos' regionalism is an event that affected “Mr. Valdez,” who is doubtless one of the most knowledgeable people on Cuernavacan and Morelos' history. The third example (José Fuentes) shows the forms of mythification available to the regional intelligentsia, as well as the tensions in the use of this ideological power. The cultural heterogeneity and the “impersonalization” of parts of the region are countered by the production of myths about local Morelos cultures, most particularly peasant culture.

Keywords:   regional elites, localist ideologies, Mr. Hernández, Mr. Valdez, José Fuentes, Morelos, politics, peasant culture

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