Synopses & Reviews
Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico
offers a novel approach to Mexican studies by considering the complex relationship between technology, politics, society, and culture.and#160;and#160;While it is widely accepted by scholars that substantial changes in technology occurred in Mexico during the last century, very little has been written on these issues, perhaps because of a propensity to associate Mexico with tradition and folklore rather than technology, progress, and modernity.and#160;and#160;This diverse collection of chaptersandmdash;written by historians, literary scholars, social scientists, and cultural criticsandmdash;tells this long-neglected story of technological change. Contributors examine themes ranging from the introduction of new forms of travel (automobiles, buses, trains,and#160;and subways) to innovations in media (radio, film, and the Internet) to the relationships between technology, literature, art, and architecture.and#160; Covering the twentieth century and beyond, Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico
, edited by Araceli Tinajero and J. Brian Freeman, illustrates the invention, use, and adaptation of technology, as well as the diverse ways that technology itself is both shaped by and shapes culture. This interdisciplinary book points to new directions in the study of Mexico and makes an important contribution to Latin American Studies and the history of technology.
Contributors: Claudia Agostoni / Sandra Aguilar-Rodrandiacute;guez / Edward R. Burian /Antoni Castells-Talens / J. Brian Freeman / Celeste Gonzandaacute;lez de Bustamante / Guillermo Guajardo / Joanne Hershfield / Anna Indych-Landoacute;pez /Lynda Klich / Viviane Mahieux / Carlos Monsivandaacute;is / John Mraz /Ricardo Pandeacute;rez Montfort / Josandeacute; Manuel Ramos Rodrandiacute;guez /Paolo Riguzzi / Erja Vettenranta / Juan Villoro / David M. J. Wood /Naief Yehya / and#160;
Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico offers a novel approach to Mexican studies by considering the complex relationship between technology, politics, society, and culture.and#160;
About the Author
Araceli Tinajero is an associate professor of Spanish at the Graduate Center and City College of New York. She is the author of Orientalismo en el modernismoand#160;hispanoamericano, El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader,and#160;and Kokoro, una mexicana en Japand#243;n. Tinajero is the editor of Cultura y letras cubanasen el siglo XXI, Exilio y cosmopolitismo en el arte y la literature hispand#225;nica,and#160;and Orientalismsand#160;of the Hispanic and Luso-BrazilianWorld. She is the cofounder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. and#160;J. Brian Freeman is a visitingand#160;assistant professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has been published in various journals, including Studies in Latin Americanand#160;Popular Culture and the Journal of Latinoand#150;Latin Americanand#160;Studies. He is currently working on a book about the history of the automobile in twentieth-century Mexico.