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Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century MexicoThe Other Half of the Centaur$
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Wil G. Pansters

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781589

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781589.001.0001

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Zones of State-Making

Zones of State-Making

Violence, Coercion, and Hegemony in Twentieth-Century Mexico

(p.3) Chapter One Zones of State-Making
Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Wil G. Pansters

Stanford University Press

This book explores violence, coercion, crime, and insecurity in Mexico in the context of post-revolutionary state-making, state power, and politics. It argues that the theory of Mexican exceptionalism has hindered a concerted, systematic study of violence and coercion, not only during the last twenty years but also throughout the post-revolutionary period. It examines the nature of Mexico's sociopolitical system and state-making process between circa 1938 and 1982, a time when PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) enjoyed its golden years, presumably based on a combination of economic growth, mass clientelism, modest redistribution, and non-violent or institutional conflict resolution. The book considers theorizing about violence, coercion, and state-making by looking at war, class, legitimacy, and the monopolization of violence and taxation. Using an analytical framework, it examines state-making through the zones of hegemony and coercion before returning to the issue of Mexican exceptionalism.

Keywords:   violence, coercion, state-making, insecurity, politics, exceptionalism, hegemony, Partido Revolucionario Institucional, crime

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