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Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zocalo

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zocalo

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Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zocalo. Edited by Eric Zolov. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2vols. Acid-free $189 (ISBN 978-1-61069-043-0). Ebook available (978-1-61069-044-7) call for pricing.

Historian Eric Zolov writes about rock music, the "global sixties" and other pop culture topics in Mexico and Latin America. As editor of Iconic Mexico he and seventy-three other scholars present 100 "of the most iconic elements of Mexican history, culture and politics" (xi). The topics range from the globally familiar (Tequila, Bullfighting, Chile Pepper, Gringo) to the exotic and muy mexicano (Lucha Libre, Malinche, Superbarrio, Jesus Malverde). The choice of subjects is designed as a kaleidoscopic window into Mexico and Mexican-ness for many different readers. Each article provides historical context and analysis as to the deeper socio-cultural meanings of the "icon" over time. Illustrative sidebars include photographs and/or documents that detail aspects of the main topic or expand to include a related anecdote or story that did not seem to warrant a full entry. Suggestions for further reading accompany each article. A lengthy introduction gives an overview of Mexican history and a timeline ranges from the cultivation of maize in 8000 BCE to the disappearance of forty-three teaching college students in the state of Guerrero in 2014. A well-constructed index provides additional access points into the one hundred main entries, however, the index would be much improved if it included the names of the seventy-three contributors with page references to their articles in the body of the book. …

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