Democracy in Latin America, 1760-1900: v.1: Civic Selfhood and Public Life in Mexico and Peru - Morality and Society Series (Hardback)Carlos A. Forment (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 774 g
Dimensions: 238 x 167 x 33 mm
"[This book] combines serious theoretical discussions in the opening and closing chapters with an incredible amount of data spread and analyzed throughout the central chapters. . . . [It] will undoubtedly become a central text in the discussion on democracy, not only in the area stuidied, but as a general topic."--Mario Sznajder "International Sociology Review of Books "
"The historical evidence unearthed means the work constitutes important reading . . . not just for social and political theorists but also for historians of Latin America. . . . At times the author even begins to sound like Tocqueville."--Jonathan Eastwood and John Stone "Theoretical Sociology "
"Forment provides scholars and students of Latin America's Middle Period with a challenging study of the nature and extent of democracy in what has generally been considered an authoritarian political landscape. . . . Forment's creative and evidentially expansive approach employs scale and subject to rebut the commonly held historiographical wisdom that the postindependence world of politics and public life consisted of unstable government, authoritarian rule, and an exclusionary, personalist, and clientelistic politics. In scale, he digs down to the community and local level, relying on newspapers, essays, books, pamphlets, and other forms of published writing. In subject, he breaks public life down into civic, economic, and political components. . . . In making such a broad, innovative interpretation, boldness is required. Using an abundance of primary sources, Forment reveals a world of increasingly vibrant civic, associational life, and multistrata agency in nineteenth-century Mexico and Peru up to 1880."--Stuart F. Voss "American Historical Review "
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