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In Mexico, the participation of intellectuals in public existence has consistently been impressive, and for lots of the associated fee could be excessive. Highlighting well-known figures that experience made incursions into matters corresponding to elections, human rights, international coverage, and the drug conflict, this quantity paints an image of the ever-changing context of Mexican intellectualism.

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Mexican Public Intellectuals

In Mexico, the participation of intellectuals in public existence has regularly been awesome, and for plenty of the associated fee should be excessive. Highlighting famous figures that experience made incursions into concerns corresponding to elections, human rights, overseas coverage, and the drug conflict, this quantity paints an image of the ever-changing context of Mexican intellectualism.

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Krauze also adopts Luis González’s idea of “Bronze History” to designate and reject institutional understandings of history in the service of state power (18). The neural role these notions play in Krauze’s positioning within Mexico’s intellectual field is such that he devotes the first section of a recent book, De héroes y mitos (2010), to attacking both state-oriented history and academic history. Krauze’s long-running critique of academia’s opaque prose and his skeptical views on theory are based on the idea that “history is not, cannot be, a discipline for the initiated, an impenetrable writing” (Entre héroes, 52.

Another literary critic, Ryan F. Long, advances a similar point. For Long, Morir en el Golfo is “a text that helps explain why appeals to the national totality could no longer support an inclusive ideology that concealed political domination once the nationalpopular state’s hegemony was irreparably damaged by the oil bust and the devastating debt crisis it produced” (54). By addressing the failure of one of Mexico’s cornerstone revolutionary achievements, the nationalized oil industry, Aguilar Camín uses fiction to ponder the exhaustion of the postrevolutionary paradigm, and to explain his reticence to praise Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, the son of the president who nationalized the oil industry, in Después del milagro.

Mexico City: Aguilar, 1996. Print. ———. Ex-Mex. From Migrants to Immigrants. New York: Norton, 2008. Print. ———. La casa por la ventana. Mexico City: Cal y Arena, 1993. Print. ———. La herencia. Arqueología de la sucesión presidencial en México. Mexico City: Alfaguara, 1999. Print. ———. La utopía desarmada. Intrigas, dilemas y promesa de la izquierda latinoamericana. Barcelona: Ariel, 1995 [1993]. Print. ———. La vida en rojo. Una biografía del Che Guevara. Mexico City: Alfaguara, 1997. Print. ———.

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