9781107190733 (hardcover) 1107190738 (hardcover)
Cambridge Latin American studies ; 106.
"Liberalism as Utopia challenges widespread perceptions about the weakness of Mexico's nineteenth-century state. Schaefer argues that after the War of Independence non- elite Mexicans - peasants, day laborers, artisans, local merchants - pioneered an egalitarian form of legal rule by serving in the town governments and civic militias that became the local faces of the state's coercive authority. These institutions were effective because they embodied patriarchal norms of labor and care for the family that were premised on the legal equality of male, adult citizens"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-238) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Mestizo towns Family and legal order Haciendas Indigenous towns Dictatorship Law and exception in the making of modern Mexico.
KGF292 .S33 2017
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.