Pistoleros and Popular Movements: The Politics of State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca by Benjamin T. SmithPistoleros and Popular Movements: The Politics of State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca by Benjamin T. Smith

Pistoleros and Popular Movements: The Politics of State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca

byBenjamin T. Smith

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The postrevolutionary reconstruction of the Mexican government did not easily or immediately reach all corners of the country. At every level, political intermediaries negotiated, resisted, appropriated, or ignored the dictates of the central government. National policy reverberated through Mexico’s local and political networks in countless different ways and resulted in a myriad of regional arrangements. It is this process of diffusion, politicking, and conflict that Benjamin T. Smith examines in Pistoleros and Popular Movements.

Oaxaca’s urban social movements and the tension between federal, state, and local governments illuminate the multivalent contradictions, fragmentations, and crises of the state-building effort at the regional level. A better understanding of these local transformations yields a more realistic overall view of the national project of state building. Smith places Oaxaca within this larger framework of postrevolutionary Mexico by comparing the region to other states and linking local politics to state and national developments. Drawing on an impressive range of regional case studies, this volume is a comprehensive and engaging study of postrevolutionary Oaxaca’s role in the formation of modern Mexico.
Benjamin T. Smith is an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University. His articles have appeared in Journal of Latin American Studies, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, and multiple edited volumes.
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Title:Pistoleros and Popular Movements: The Politics of State Formation in Postrevolutionary OaxacaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:596 pages, 8.98 × 6.05 × 1.19 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Revolution and Stasis in Oaxaca, 1876-1928

2. The Caudillo and the State, 1928-34

3. The Rise of Cardenismo and the Decline of Chicolopismo, 1932-36

4. The Politics of Cardenismo, 1936-40

5. Cárdenas's Caciques, 1936-40

6. Politics and Socioeconomic Reform, 1936-40

7. The Problems with Cardenista Politics and the Rise of the Urban Social Movement, 1940-44

8. The Rise and Fall of Edmundo Sánchez Cano, 1944-47

9. The Vallistocracia Governor, 1947-50

10. The Short Reign of Manuel Mayoral Heredia, 1950-52

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

"Ben Smith has written a wonderful and important book that will remain obligatory reading for many years to come for those interested in state formation, and for scholars interested in the fascinating postrevolutionary history of Oaxaca. The combination of methodological rigor, theoretical proficiency, and good writing makes this a book that deserves many readers from history students to political science professors."—Wil Pansters, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Wil Pansters - European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies