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Propriety and Permissiveness in Bourbon Mexico : Guides to European Diplomatic History Research and Research - Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Propriety and Permissiveness in Bourbon Mexico

Guides to European Diplomatic History Research and Research

Paperback Published: 28th January 1999
ISBN: 9780842024679
Number Of Pages: 280

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The eighteenth century in New Spain witnessed major changes: among these, one of the most significant was the adoption of French customs among the upper groups of society in response to the spreading ideas of the Enlightenment. In addition, New Spain's economy and culture were also changing radically. The spread of these French-inspired ideas and customs soon reached the rest of urban society. These new ideas, it has been assumed, brought a relaxation of social customs. But Viqueira Alban takes this assumption, and raises the question: Was it really a period of relaxation of social customs, in this age of "growth without development?" He discovered that the movement of rural workers and their families to urban centers created a concern within the church and government hierarchy about the threat of disorder, leading to the need for new social restraints. By the end of the eighteenth century, New Spain was characterized by a very rich, agitated, and varied social life. This book explores the history of Mexico City in the eighteenth century, focusing on society, social classes, elite culture and popular culture. Propriety and Permissiveness examines how the elite culture in Mexico City attempted to create more space between themselves and the masses. Their anxiety about their status encouraged laws and practices that enforced social space. Bullfighting, the theater, street diversions, and the game of pelota (called jai-alai in the United States today) are all examined as part of the culture of this period. This new text is ideal for colonial Latin American survey courses, courses on the history of Mexico and Latin American literature, and courses on the popular culture and social history of Latin America.

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Propriety and Permissiveness' power to instruct as well as entertain has been preserved in this limpid, accessible English translation.--William B. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Abbreviations and Equivalenciesp. xiii
Introduction: The Decline of Proprietyp. xv
From the Don Juans to the Patriotsp. 1
Progress or the Theaterp. 27
Disorder or Street Diversionsp. 97
The New Order, or Pelotap. 183
Notesp. 221
Glossaryp. 253
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780842024679
ISBN-10: 0842024670
Series: Guides to European Diplomatic History Research and Research
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.49  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.41