Friday, May 28, 2010

LaSanbe Talks With Dr. James A. Garza

Dr. James A. Garza discusses his book, The Imagined Underworld: Sex, Crime, and Vice in Porfirian Mexico City, with LaSanbe.

The book details how the government and the media portrayed and treated crimes in late 19th Century Mexico City.

The people living in the rural areas were considered dangerous, and naturally corrupt.  Those living in the urban areas were educated, moral, and not to be criticized if they partook in deviant activity.

Sit back and enjoy our latest podcast with Dr. James A. Garza.

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One topic that I didn't include in the podcast was that of the pulquerias.  These basically were dives where pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant, was served.  Common in the outskirts of Mexico City, these joints had a particular aroma to them, probably from the pulque itself;  it was made with "adulterated," or untreated, water.  Yuk!  People usually suffered from intestinal maladies after drinking this stuff.
But Dr. Garza adds that these establishments displayed wonderful works of art -- works that probably have been lost through time. 

Dr. James A. Garza was born and raised in Laredo, TX and graduated from Nixon High School.  He earned his PhD from TCU and is currently a professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  

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