The Politics of Perception and the Legacies of Mexico's Revolution
272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Sales Date: May 7, 2024
An examination of the failures of the Mexican Revolution through the visual and material records.
The Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) introduced a series of state-led initiatives promising modernity, progress, national grandeur, and stability; state surveyors assessed land for agrarian reform, engineers used nationalized oil for industrialization, archaeologists reconstructed pre-Hispanic monuments for tourism, and anthropologists studied and photographed Indigenous populations to achieve their acculturation. Far from accomplishing their stated goals, however, these initiatives concealed violence, and permitted land invasions, forced displacement, environmental damage, loss of democratic freedom, and mass killings. Mónica Salas Landa uses the history of northern Veracruz to demonstrate how these state-led efforts reshaped the region's social and material landscapes, affecting what was and is visible. Relying on archival sources and ethnography, she uncovers a visual order of ongoing significance that was established through postrevolutionary projects and that perpetuates inequality based on imperceptibility.
- List of Illustrations
- Introduction: Governing through Perception
- Chapter 1. Documents: The Aesthetics of Agrarian Reform
- Chapter 2. Infrastructures: The Aesthetics of Economic Nationalism
- Chapter 3. Pre-Hispanic Remains: The Aesthetics of Monumental Reconstruction
- Chapter 4. Photographs: The Aesthetics of Indigenismo
- Epilogue: Reconfiguring Dissent