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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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Regional Cultures and the Culture of the State

Regional Cultures and the Culture of the State

(p.282) 17 Regional Cultures and the Culture of the State
Exits from the Labyrinth

Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

University of California Press

This chapter shows the implications of a spatial perspective for understanding the culture of the state, and demonstrates how the state articulates cultural regions in Mexico. It interprets the racial and class images that are present in the caudillo/cacique typology. It also argues that the historians who formalized the dichotomy between caudillos and caciques have simply adopted the dominant ideology about national power. The kinds of mediating roles that “caciques” play in regional space are determined. Furthermore, it describes the routinization of both cacique and caudillo power. Mexican political development went from bureaucratic forms of power in the colonial period, to charismatic forms in the early and mid-nineteenth century, to traditional forms in the Porfiriato. The distinction between caudillos and caciques turns out to be fundamental only because the former are fetishes of nationality. The relationship between caciques, regional culture and the state is finally covered.

Keywords:   caudillo, cacique, Mexico, national power, regional culture, state, ideology

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