The Imagined Underworld: Sex, Crime, and Vice in Porfirian Mexico City (Paperback)James Alex Garza (author)
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Through a careful examination of judicial records, newspapers, government documents, and travelers' accounts, The Imagined Underworld uncovers the truth behind six of nineteenth-century Mexico's most infamous crimes, including those of the serial killer "El Chalequero." During his sensational trial, ruling elites linked the killer's villainous acts with the impoverished urban world he inhabited and victimized. This pattern was not limited to the most nefarious criminals; rather it would be repeated for all crimes committed by the poor. In an effort to construct a social barrier between the classes, elites invented a dangerous urban periphery populated by imaginary Mexicans-degenerate, deviant, and murderous. However, the Porfirian elite did not count on middle-class and police involvement in crime-and in numerous incidents, including a deadly love triangle, elites were betrayed by their own role in criminality. By analyzing the cases used to forge the underworld and those that defied its myth, Garza uncovers the complex reality that existed beyond the Porfirian ideals of order and progress.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm