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Death in the City

Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico

Kathryn A. Sloan

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At the turn of the twentieth century, many observers considered suicide to be a worldwide social problem that had reached epidemic proportions. In Mexico City, violent deaths in public spaces were commonplace in a city undergoing rapid modernization. Crime rates mounted, corpses piled up in the morgue, and the media reported on sensational cases of murder and suicide. More troublesome still, a compelling death wish appeared to grip women and youth. Drawing on a range of sources from judicial records to the popular press, Death in the City investigates the cultural meanings of self-destruction in modern Mexico. The author examines responses to suicide and death and disproves the long-held belief that Mexicans possess a cavalier attitude toward suffering.

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public space, latin american history, modernization, suffering, social class, suicidal ideation, loss, latin america, 20th century, danger, suicide, mourning, health and wellness, mental health, hard times, criminal investigation, tragedy, mexico city, world history, autopsy, civilization, homicide, culture, public health, alcoholism, epidemic, grief, legal, violence, law, depression, life and death, crime, emotions, murder, modern world