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The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere

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ISBN-13: 860-1423161846
ISBN-10: 0822346451
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“Piccato has produced a first-rate monograph of the period he previously studied, and his analysis of the press at the end of the nineteenth century, the muzzling of the press by Diaz after 1885, and the legal shift in the definition of honor and defamation is first class. The book is engaging, well researched, and well written, and is an interesting read.” - Robert Jackson, H-Net Reviews


“Piccato’s work is an important contribution to our understanding of honor in nineteenth-century Mexico and how shifting conceptions of honor were tied to class, gender, and modernity. In particular, his discussion of honor as a commodity—as something that could be produced, accumulated, and exchanged—elucidates an understanding of how honor did not serve a merely ideological function; it also served as a way to re-create and reinforce class and gender behaviors during a period when Mexico was rapidly changing.” - Nicole Sanders, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos


The Tyranny of Opinion will likely become the definitive historical work on republican honor in Mexico and one of the most important works on republican honor and the public sphere in Latin America. With chapters on everyone from elite public men to lower-class women, the book provides exceptionally broad coverage.”—Robert M. Buffington, author of Criminal and Citizen in Modern Mexico


“This masterful exploration of the constitution of the public sphere joins questions of gender, representational practices, class, and politics in a fascinating mosaic. It is a delightful read and an illuminating work of historical ethnography, which reveals much about the difficult century between 1810 and 1910. It will help set new research agendas for modern Mexican history.”—Eric Van Young, author of The Other Rebellion: Popular Violence, Ideology, and the Mexican Struggle for Independence, 1810–1821


“Piccato has produced a first-rate monograph of the period he previously studied, and his analysis of the press at the end of the nineteenth century, the muzzling of the press by Diaz after 1885, and the legal shift in the definition of honor and defamation is first class. The book is engaging, well researched, and well written, and is an interesting read.”
(Robert Jackson, H-Net Reviews)

“Piccato’s work is an important contribution to our understanding of honor in nineteenth-century Mexico and how shifting conceptions of honor were tied to class, gender, and modernity. In particular, his discussion of honor as a commodity—as something that could be produced, accumulated, and exchanged—elucidates an understanding of how honor did not serve a merely ideological function; it also served as a way to re-create and reinforce class and gender behaviors during a period when Mexico was rapidly changing.”
(Nicole Sanders, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos)

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"This masterful exploration of the constitution of the public sphere joins questions of gender, representational practices, class, and politics in a fascinating mosaic. It is a delightful read and an illuminating work of historical ethnography, which reveals much about the difficult century between 1810 and 1910. It will help set new research agendas for modern Mexican history."--Eric Van Young, author of "The Other Rebellion: Popular Violence, Ideology, and the Mexican Struggle for Independence, 1810-1821"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822346451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822346456
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a great book with me... thanks...This book is helping me to understand a very important part of our history as latinamericans...
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"The Tyranny of Opinion" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Piccato 's book interview ran here as the cover feature on February 10, 2010.
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Fascinating read about the notions of honor and the public sphere during the Porfiriato. Highly dense but very interesting.
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