Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer

Cafe Tacuba: Forging a New Mexico Identity
After the Mexican revolution, a group of intellectuals including Leopoldo Zea, Sergio Ramos and Octavio Paz, began to study Mexico's national character. The question of: who is Mexico?, and then: who are Mexicans?, is still being asked, and is today...
Culture under the Volcano
This very special issue of the Journal of American Culture reflects the enthusiasm which Ray Browne and Pat Browne have had for the extension of popular culture studies. In the past few years they have eclipsed Marco Polo and Amelia Earhart in their...
Disney-Mediated Images Emerging in Cross-Cultural Expression on Isla Mujeres, Mexico
This paper points to the appearance of Disney characters in popular expression on an island developed for tourism over the last 25 years off the coast of Quintana Roo in southeastern Mexico as an illustration of the process of appropriation of Disney...
Freemasonry and Folklore in Mexican Presidentialism
Masonry is many things. It is an ultimate spinner of tales and creator of myths, and as such it has a long history of influencing the political process through what can be called mythological power. This suggests that popular culture scholars should...
From A (Allende, Che, and Evita) to Z (Zedillo, Chamorro, Menem and Fujimori): The Transformation of Latin American Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century
Algunas veces profundos, frecuentemente estimulantes y otras veces amenzadores son los cambios que a finales del siglo XX estan ocurriendo en el mundo. Gracias a los medios de comunicacion es ficil estar informado de acontecimientos como la caida de...
Hernan Cortes: Virtu vs Fortuna
Myths are "hangups from way back":1 false or highly inaccurate beliefs that are taken at face value. One collection of myths which has exercised a powerful grip on the minds of many, and contributed to feelings of inferiority on the part of large numbers...
Humor in Crisis: Guadalupe Loaeza's Caricature of the Mexican Bourgeoisie
Desde 1982 las satiras de Guadalupe Loaeza han servido como radiografia de la sociedad mexicana durante los anos de crisis economica de 1982-al presente. Mientras otras escritoras como Christina Pacheco y Elena Poniatowska se afanan por pintar la cruda...
Local Culture: A Key to the Attainment of Sustainable Development
En esta investigacion se discute el rol de la cultura local participativa como un grupo de interes necesario para alcanzar un desarrollo sustentable a largo plazo. Muchos modelos que han sido discutidos muestran que los sistemas economicos lineales dde...
"My Guitar Is Not for the Rich": The New Chilean Song Movement and the Politics of Culture
My guitar is not for the rich No, nothing like that. My song is the ladder We are building to reach the stars. Victor Jara In his 1969 song "Who Killed Carmenicita?" Victor Jara wrote of a teenage girl whose mind was poisoned by listening to pop radio...
NAFTA and PCA: Twin Thrusts and Goals
The international thrusts of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Popular Culture Association have the same goals, that is, one encouraging and the other understanding the uninhibited flow of two kinds of human activity-commerce and cultures-across...
Prayer for a Sleeping Child: Iconography of the Funeral Ritual of Little Angels in Mexico
The ritual of little angels, known by this name in almost all Hispanic America, refers to the rite of the transit to life beyond this world of children baptized while still alive. According to the Catholic dogma, children die without mortal sin, and...
Researching Grandfather's Secrets: Rummaging in the Odd Fellow and Masonic Attics
La historia de las organizaciones ritualistas no ha recibido la importancia que merece dentro del area de estudios internacionales. Estados Unidos ha sido un gran ispirador y promotor de organizaciones tales como la Masoneria. La Masoneria es una organizacion...
The American Canon Wars: A View from Mexico
Cualquiera que haya experimentado la vida acad6mica de los Estados Unidos, en la ultima decada, sabe que el campus se ha convertido en un campo de batalla de las llamadas "Guerras Culturales." En su vida politica y social, los Estados Unidos han sufrido...
The Mountain Came Long Ago to Mohammed: The American Cultural Invasion of Mexico as Seen in the Short Fiction of Maria Cristina Mena
Maria Cristina Mena holds a unique place in American literature: She is the first naturalized American from Mexico to write in English and publish in prestigious American magazines. Born on April 3, 1893, in Mexico City to a politically powerful and...
The Political Culture of the Extreme Right in Contemporary Mexico
Introduction This article attempts to define the politico-cultural orientations that constitute the extreme Right in contemporary Mexico and to make a primary typification of such political culture. Based on the definition proposed by Almond and Powell...
Violence and Patriotism: La Novela Negra from Chester Himes to Paco Ignacio Taibo II
La novela negra trata el conflicto entre las metas idealistas del detective-la busqueda de la verdad y la justicia-y la corrupcion de la sociedad y sus instituciones. Con Hector Belascoaran Shayne, el escritor mexicano Paco Ignacio Taibo II ha inventado...