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Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340365.001.0001

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Forging the Nation

Forging the Nation

The Postrevolutionary Years

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(p.53) Chapter 3 Forging the Nation
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Embodying Mexico
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Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340365.003.0004

This chapter contextualizes the historical, political, and ideological trajectory through eras of prehispanicity, colonization, independence with burgeoning forms of nationalism and indigenismo, leading to a period of revolution in the early twentieth century. Focusing on the postrevolutionary period, particular emphasis is placed on issues of ethnicity, race, nationalism, indigenismo, and mestizaje. The role of governmental institutions, and artists, intellectuals, and politicians working in an official capacity through state organizations is discussed, specifically centering on education and anthropology, the Secretariat of Education (SEP), Misiones Culturales (Cultural Missions), José Vasconcelos, and Manuel Gamio. Elements of folklore, music, dance, and theater are outlined, with particular reference to the regional, folkloric, synthetic, and open-air theater movements, the magazine Mexican Folkways, and two events of 1921, Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night) and the Exhibición de Artes Populares (Exhibition of Popular Arts).

Keywords:   postrevolutionary nationalism, indigenismo, mestizaje, ethnicity, Secretariat of Education, anthropology, Mexican Folkways, theater movements

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