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Death in the City: Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico

Kathryn A. Sloan


Popular culture has long conflated Mexico with the macabre. Some persuasive intellectuals argue that Mexicans have a special relationship with death, formed in the crucible of their hybrid Aztec-European heritage. Death is their intimate friend; death is mocked and accepted with irony and fatalistic abandon. The commonplace nature of death desensitizes Mexicans to suffering. Death, simply put, defines Mexico. There must have been historical actors who looked away from human misery, but to essentialize a diverse group of people as possessing a unique death cult delights those who want to see th ... More

Keywords: suicide, modernity, Mexico City, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290310
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn A. Sloan, author
University of Arkansas