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History of Infamy – Crime, Truth, and Justice in Mexico - California Scholarship Online
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History of Infamy: Crime, Truth, and Justice in Mexico

Pablo Piccato


This book examines the construction of crime as a central focus of public life in postrevolutionary Mexico. It does so by exploring cases, stories, and characters that attracted Mexican publics between the 1920s and the 1950s. The problems of learning the truth about criminal events and of adjudicating punishment or forgiveness concerned a broad spectrum of the population. This book looks at narratives, debates, and social practices through which a diversity of actors engaged the state and public opinion around a theme of common interest. Narratives and media about crime and justice that are s ... More

Keywords: crime, Mexico, journalism, homicide, crime fiction, jury trials, justice, truth, impunity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292611
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pablo Piccato, author
Columbia University

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