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Black Market CapitalUrban Politics and the Shadow Economy in Mexico City$
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Andrew Konove

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293670

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293670.001.0001

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Order, Progress, and the Black Market

Order, Progress, and the Black Market

(p.144) Six Order, Progress, and the Black Market
Black Market Capital

Andrew Konove

University of California Press

This chapter examines the Baratillo’s relationship with Porfirian Mexico City, when the country’s autocratic president Porfirio Díaz sought to modernize the nation and its capital city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It focuses on the events that led to the Baratillo’s relocation to the neighborhood of Tepito, in 1902. Facing the threat of the market’s closure, baratilleros bargained with the municipal government, reaching a compromise to move to Tepito—a location the vendors proposed themselves. The chapter contributes to recent scholarship that revises earlier depictions of the Porfiriato as a monolithic dictatorship, emphasizing instead the multiple ways that Mexico’s government and citizens maintained a tense and unequal peace for more than thirty years.

Keywords:   Porfiriato, Porfirio Díaz, Mexico City, dictatorship, Tepito, Baratillo, municipal government

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