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This book is “a cultural history of banditry in Mexico.” It argues that “bandit narratives were integral to broader processes, involving Mexicans and foreigners in forms of national and class struggle, to define and create the Mexican nation-state” (p. 2). How Mexicans constructed stories about banditry, according to Frazer, reflected the wider discourse of what it meant to be Mexican.

The importance of banditry in the discussions of national identity and state formation was a clear indication of the profound distrust elite Mexicans had for the lower classes. Social control of these subaltern classes was hard-earned. Any semblance of a centralized state emerged only in the last decade of the….

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Bandit Nation History of outlaws


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