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Crafting Mexico is an important and original contribution to the literature on
visual arts in national ideologies. The detailed history, sophisticated analyses, intriguing case studies, and wonderful black and white and color photographs make this book essential to the library of anyone interested in Mexican popular art. “ - Michael Chibnik, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology


Crafting México is a major contribution to the growing literature on nation, revolution, and indigenismo in postrevolutionary Mexico. . . . This fascinating and richly illustrated book is a fitting testimony to over a decade of exhaustive research and careful writing. It will surely serve as a model for future work.” - Stephen E. Lewis, The Americas


Crafting Mexico is an impressive work of cultural and intellectual history
that is unique in analyzing the intersection of grassroots practices with
intellectual currents. It should gain an audience among scholars of state
formation beyond Mexico or Latin America.” - Robert F. Alegre, History: Reviews of New Books


“Rick A. López tells the fascinating story of how folk art produced by anonymous potters, weavers, and wood carvers became a ‘proud symbol of Mexico’s authentic national identity’ (p. 2). His excellent monograph advances our understanding of Mexico’s cultural revolution—the state policies, artistic movements, and commercial developments that transformed a regionally fragmented postwar society into a unified nationstate with an ethnically inclusive national identity.” - Michael Snodgrass, American Historical Review


Crafting Mexico reminds us that quality scholarship does not resort to sweeping generalizations but rather assesses what is often a complex situation case by case. It is an impressive interdisciplinary study that adds much to our appreciation of modern Mexican culture and society.” - Andrew Grant Wood, Hispanic American Historical Review


Crafting Mexico covers much new territory. Its linkage of local, national, and transnational history is exemplary.”—Mary Kay Vaughan, co-editor of The Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920–1940


“In recent decades, historians of twentieth-century Mexico have reshaped the way we understand state and nation formation—particularly popular constructions of the national—and the role that foreign actors have played in brokering Mexico’s distinctive, transnational process of becoming modern. Crafting Mexico represents a culminating moment in these inquiries. Better than any study I know, it wrestles with the complex process whereby Mexico transformed itself from a fragmented society, driven by regional loyalties, linguistic and cultural particularism, and caudillo politics, into one of the hemisphere’s most unified nations. Part of the answer, Rick A. López argues masterfully, lies in a surprisingly contingent aesthetic and political process that embraced foreign and local actors, cosmopolitan intellectuals and indigenous crafts producers, and a panoply of state and private initiatives. Deftly integrating analytical and spatial dimensions, and bridging temporal boundaries, Crafting Mexico is a substantial achievement.”—Gilbert M. Joseph, co-editor of Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico since 1940


Crafting México is a major contribution to the growing literature on nation, revolution, and indigenismo in postrevolutionary Mexico. . . . This fascinating and richly illustrated book is a fitting testimony to over a decade of exhaustive research and careful writing. It will surely serve as a model for future work.”
(Stephen E. Lewis, The Americas)

Crafting Mexico is an important and original contribution to the literature on
visual arts in national ideologies. The detailed history, sophisticated analyses, intriguing case studies, and wonderful black and white and color photographs make this book essential to the library of anyone interested in Mexican popular art. “
(Michael Chibnik, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology)

Crafting Mexico is an impressive work of cultural and intellectual history
that is unique in analyzing the intersection of grassroots practices with
intellectual currents. It should gain an audience among scholars of state
formation beyond Mexico or Latin America.”
(Robert F. Alegre, History: Reviews of New Books)

Crafting Mexico reminds us that quality scholarship does not resort to sweeping generalizations but rather assesses what is often a complex situation case by case. It is an impressive interdisciplinary study that adds much to our appreciation of modern Mexican culture and society.”
(Andrew Grant Wood, Hispanic American Historical Review)

“Rick A. López tells the fascinating story of how folk art produced by anonymous potters, weavers, and wood carvers became a ‘proud symbol of Mexico’s authentic national identity’ (p. 2). His excellent monograph advances our understanding of Mexico’s cultural revolution—the state policies, artistic movements, and commercial developments that transformed a regionally fragmented postwar society into a unified nationstate with an ethnically inclusive national identity.”
(Michael Snodgrass, American Historical Review)

About the Author

Rick A. López is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082234694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822346944
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Murray on March 18, 2012
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This book really opens up a fascinating story about the role of craft in modern Mexican identity. In many ways, Mexico seems ahead of its time. It both celebrated indigenous beauty in the 1920s, and then suffered the cheap Chinese craft imports in the 1930s. The author's attention to detail is quite remarkable, as it the subtle understanding of class politics at play.
My only concern is that the publisher has not formatted the book correctly for a Kindle. The font is difficult to read and the footnotes don't hyperlink. I hope they can improve their quality for future publications.
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