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.