Death in the City : Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico, Paperback / softback Book

Death in the City : Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico Paperback / softback

Part of the Violence in Latin American History series

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At the turn of the twentieth century, many observers considered suicide to be a worldwide social problem that had reached epidemic proportions.

In Mexico City, violent deaths in public spaces were commonplace in a city undergoing rapid modernization.

Crime rates mounted, corpses piled up in the morgue, and the media reported on sensational cases of murder and suicide.

More troublesome still, a compelling death wish appeared to grip women and youth.

Drawing on a range of sources from judicial records to the popular press, Death in the City investigates the cultural meanings of self-destruction in modern Mexico.

The author examines responses to suicide and death and disproves the long-held belief that Mexicans possess a cavalier attitude toward suffering.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 14 b-w halftones, 2 charts, 6
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780520290327

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