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- DescriptionIn the mid-to-late nineteenth century, as Mexico emerged out of decades of civil war and foreign invasion, a modern tion of hor-of one's reputation and self-worth-became the keystone in the construction of public culture. Mexicans gave great symbolic, social, and material value to hor. Only horable men could speak in the name of the public. Hor earned these men, and a few women, support and credit, and gave civilian politicians a claim to authority after an era dominated by military heroism. Tracing how tions of hor changed in nineteenth-century Mexico, Pablo Piccato examines legislation, journalism, parliamentary debates, criminal defamation cases, personal stories, urban protests, and the rise and decline of dueling in the 1890s. He highlights the centrality of tions of hor to debates over the nature of Mexican liberalism, describing how hor helped to define the boundaries between public and private life; balance competing claims of free speech, public opinion, and the protection of individual reputations; and motivate politicians, writers, and other men to enter public life. As Piccato explains, under the authoritarian rule of Porfirio Diaz, the state became more active in the protection of individual reputations. It implemented new restrictions on the press. This did t prevent people from all walks of life from defending their hor and reputations, whether in court or through violence. The Tyranny of Opinion is a major contribution to a new understanding of Mexican political history and the evolution of Mexican civil society.
- Author BiographyPablo Piccato is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931, also published by Duke University Press, and a co-editor of True Stories of Crime in Modern Mexico.
- Author(s)Pablo Piccato
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication11/01/2010
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note24 illustrations, 7 tables, 1 figure
- Weight567 g
- Width3971 mm
- Height5983 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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