The Localist Ideology of a Vulnerable Elite

Claudio Lomnitz-Adler

in Exits from the Labyrinth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780520077881
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912472 | DOI:
The Localist Ideology of a Vulnerable Elite

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This chapter investigates the politics of the intimate culture of the regional elites through the study of some of the more salient aspects of its localist ideologies. It covers the material from three cases. The first case is with Mr. Hernández, which shows the participation of elites in the national myth in which Morelos is presented as Mexico writ small. The second example of the position and role of intellectuals in Morelos' regionalism is an event that affected “Mr. Valdez,” who is doubtless one of the most knowledgeable people on Cuernavacan and Morelos' history. The third example (José Fuentes) shows the forms of mythification available to the regional intelligentsia, as well as the tensions in the use of this ideological power. The cultural heterogeneity and the “impersonalization” of parts of the region are countered by the production of myths about local Morelos cultures, most particularly peasant culture.

Keywords: regional elites; localist ideologies; Mr. Hernández; Mr. Valdez; José Fuentes; Morelos; politics; peasant culture

Chapter.  4163 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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