Democracy In Latin America, 1760-1900: Volume 1, Civic Selfhood And Public Life In Mexico And Peru

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byCarlos A. Forment

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Carlos Forment's aim in this highly ambitious work is to write the book that Tocqueville would have written had he traveled to Latin America instead of the United States. Drawing on an astonishing level of research, Forment pored over countless newspapers, partisan pamphlets, tabloids, journals, private letters, and travelogues to show in this study how citizens of Latin America established strong democratic traditions in their countries through the practice of democracy in their everyday lives.

This first volume of Democracy in Latin America considers the development of democratic life in Mexico and Peru from independence to the late 1890s. Forment traces the emergence of hundreds of political, economic, and civic associations run by citizens in both nations and shows how these organizations became models of and for democracy in the face of dictatorship and immense economic hardship. His is the first book to show the presence in Latin America of civic democracy, something that gave men and women in that region an alternative to market- and state-centered forms of life.

In looking beneath institutions of government to uncover local and civil organizations in public life, Forment ultimately uncovers a tradition of edification and inculcation that shaped democratic practices in Latin America profoundly. This tradition, he reveals, was stronger in Mexico than in Peru, but its basic outlines were similar in both nations and included a unique form of what Forment calls Civic Catholicism in order to distinguish itself from civic republicanism, the dominant political model throughout the rest of the Western world.

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Carlos Forment's aim in this highly ambitious work is to write the book that Tocqueville would have written had he traveled to Latin America instead of the United States. Drawing on an astonishing level of research, Forment pored over countless newspapers, partisan pamphlets, tabloids, journals, private letters, and travelogues to show...

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Carlos Forment's aim in this highly ambitious work is to write the book that Tocqueville would have written had he traveled to Latin America instead of the United States. Drawing on an astonishing level of research, Forment pored over countless newspapers, partisan pamphlets, tabloids, journals, private letters, and travelogues to show...

Carlos A. Forment is the director of the Centro de Investigación y Documentación de la Vida Pública in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:July 24, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022610141X

ISBN - 13:9780226101415

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments

PART ONE
INTRODUCTION
1. Common Sense and Democracy in Latin America Today
2. Social Equality and Political Liberty as Forms of Life

PART TWO
THE PUBLIC LANDSCAPE OF LATE COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
3. Alone in Public: Institutional Practices and Colonial Life
4. Becoming a Rational Person: Anticolonial Movements and the Emergence of a Public

PART THREE
THE EMERGENCE OF CIVIC DEMOCRACY: BREAKING OLD HABITS
5. Crafting Citizens: Mexican Civil and Economic Society
6. Republic without Citizens: Peruvian Civil and Economic Society
7. Losing and Reclaiming Liberty: Mexican Political Society
8. Militarizing Sovereignty of the People: Peruvian Political Society
9. Learning a Language: The Mexican Public Sphere
10. Speaking in Tongues: The Peruvian Public Sphere

PART FOUR
THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIC DEMOCRACY: CREATING NEW FORMS OF LIFE
11. Living Democracy: Mexican Civil and Economic Society
12. Andeanizing Democracy: Peruvian Civil and Economic Society
13. Democratizing Antipolitics: Mexican Political Society
14. Fragile Democracy and Tattered Nationhood: Peruvian Political Society
15. Critical Deliberation: The Mexican Public Sphere
16. Opinion-Making: The Peruvian Public Sphere

CONCLUDING REMARKS
Rethinking Tocqueville: A Latin American Perspective

Index

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“Forment provides scholars and students of Latin America’s Middle Period with a challenging study of the nature and extent of democracy in what has generally been considered an authoritarian political landscape. . . . Forment’s creative and evidentially expansive approach employs scale and subject to rebut the commonly held historiographical wisdom that the postindependence world of politics and public life consisted of unstable government, authoritarian rule, and an exclusionary, personalist, and clientelistic politics.  In scale, he digs down to the community and local level, relying on newspapers, essays, books, pamphlets, and other forms of published writing.  In subject, he breaks public life down into civic, economic, and political components. . . . In making such a broad, innovative interpretation, boldness is required. Using an abundance of primary sources, Forment reveals a world of increasingly vibrant civic, associational life, and multistrata agency in nineteenth-century Mexico and Peru up to 1880.”