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Theory and Politics

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077881.003.0016
Theory and Politics

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Guillermo Bonfil's México profundo promotes the idea that there is a “deep” Mexico, a common Mexican culture, which is grounded in Indian culture. This book attempts to grapple with the old and difficult problem of national culture without the aid of a new theoretical perspective. Bonfil has succumbed to the excitement of politics while forfeiting his critical capacity. Another study of national culture is by Enrique Alduncin. His position differs from Bonfil's in that it does not seek to find the underlying structure of Mexico's culture. Roger Bartra's La jaula de la melancolía concludes that the whole project of Mexican national-culture studies has its motivational roots in the romantic melancholia caused by the impact of modernization. The works of Bartra, Bonfil, and Alduncin index the politics of national culture studies. Few key aspects of Mexican culture are elaborated. The ideas developed by the pensadores are internally incommensurable.

Keywords: Guillermo Bonfil; México profundo; Enrique Alduncin; Roger Bartra; La jaula de la melancolía; Mexican culture; national culture; pensadores

Chapter.  6044 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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