The Romance of Democracy (Paperback)

Compliant Defiance in Contemporary Mexico

By Matthew C. Gutmann

University of California Press, 9780520235281, 318pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2002

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The Romance of Democracy gives a unique insider perspective on contemporary Mexico by examining the meaning of democracy in the lives of working-class residents in Mexico City today. A highly absorbing and vividly detailed ethnographic study of popular politics and official subjugation, the book provides a detailed, bottom-up exploration of what men and women think about national and neighborhood democracy, what their dreams are for a better society, and how these dreams play out in their daily lives. Based on extensive fieldwork in the same neighborhood he discussed in his acclaimed book The Meanings of Macho, Matthew C. Gutmann now explores the possibilities for political and social change in the world's most populous city. In the process he provides a new perspective on many issues affecting Mexicans countrywide.

About the Author

Matthew C. Gutmann is the Stanley J. Bernstein Associate Professor of the Social Sciences-International Affairs at Brown University, where he teaches cultural anthropology, ethnic studies, and Latin American studies. His first book, The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City, was published by California in 1996.