Profile of Man and Culture in Mexico

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PROLOGUE TO THE THIRD EDITION

With the publication of the third edition of this book, it seems appropriate to respond to some of the commentaries on its principal theses. Since its appearance in 1934, the book has been generally well received. The first edition was quickly sold out, and in the year 1938 a second edition appeared. Over the years the book has had wide circulation, not only in Mexico but throughout the Hispanic-American world, and has been frequently cited in a multitude of articles and books on the culture of Mexico and America. These facts show that the book opened up a new field to research and thought, one which generally speaking had scarcely been explored. Some ideas in our country which were expressed in this book--such as those concerning Mexican psychology-- have become commonplaces, a fact which demonstrates their general acceptance. But one of the effects which has pleased this writer most is the stimulus and impulse

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