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Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico, Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico, 0817317961, 0-8173-1796-1, 978-0-8173-1796-6, 9780817317966,

Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico
Edited by Araceli Tinajero, J. Brian Freeman

Trade Cloth
376 pp.
27 illustrations
Price:  $59.95 s

Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico offers a novel approach to Mexican studies by considering the complex relationship between technology, politics, society, and culture. 
While it is widely accepted by scholars that substantial changes in technology occurred in Mexico during the last century, very little has been written on these issues, perhaps because of a propensity to associate Mexico with tradition and folklore rather than technology, progress, and modernity. 
This diverse collection of chapters—written by historians, literary scholars, social scientists, and cultural critics—tells this long-neglected story of technological change. Contributors examine themes ranging from the introduction of new forms of travel (automobiles, buses, trains, and subways) to innovations in media (radio, film, and the Internet) to the relationships between technology, literature, art, and architecture.  Covering the twentieth century and beyond, Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico, edited by Araceli Tinajero and J. Brian Freeman, illustrates the invention, use, and adaptation of technology, as well as the diverse ways that technology itself is both shaped by and shapes culture. This interdisciplinary book points to new directions in the study of Mexico and makes an important contribution to Latin American Studies and the history of technology.

Contributors: Claudia Agostoni / Sandra Aguilar-Rodríguez / Edward R. Burian /Antoni Castells-Talens / J. Brian Freeman / Celeste González de Bustamante / Guillermo Guajardo / Joanne Hershfield / Anna Indych-López /Lynda Klich / Viviane Mahieux / Carlos Monsiváis / John Mraz /Ricardo Pérez Montfort / José Manuel Ramos Rodríguez /Paolo Riguzzi / Erja Vettenranta / Juan Villoro / David M. J. Wood /Naief Yehya /  

Araceli Tinajero is an associate professor of Spanish at the Graduate Center and City College of New York. She is the author of Orientalismo en el modernismo hispanoamericano, El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader, and Kokoro, una mexicana en Japón. Tinajero is the editor of Cultura y letras cubanasen el siglo XXI, Exilio y cosmopolitismo en el arte y la literature hispánica, and Orientalisms of the Hispanic and Luso-BrazilianWorld. She is the cofounder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies.

J. Brian Freeman is a visiting assistant professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has been published in various journals, including Studies in Latin American Popular Culture and the Journal of Latino–Latin American Studies. He is currently working on a book about the history of the automobile in twentieth-century Mexico.

"This broad-ranging interdisciplinary collection examines the multi-stranded relationship between technology and culture in a manner that enriches our appreciation of both concepts. Drawing upon the cutting-edge research of a talented international and intergenerational cast, this volume will be required reading for all who seek to understand Mexico's long twentieth century."
—Gilbert M. Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies, Yale University 

"Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico is an important book that uses a broad definition of technology to theorize how technology interfaced with the country’s culture during a twentieth century that saw a great deal of change. Its highly interdisciplinary scope, coupled with the diversity of essays, means that it will be of use to Mexicanists, Latin Americanists, and scholars of technology studies for years to come."
H-Net Reviews / H-LatAm
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