By Chris Frazer
Tales approximately postcolonial bandits in Mexico have circulated because the second Mexico gained its independence. Narratives have seemed or been mentioned in a large choice of varieties: novels, memoirs, commute money owed, newspaper articles, the photo arts, social technology literature, videos, ballads, and old monographs. in the course of the a long time among independence and the Mexican Revolution, bandit narratives have been vital to the wider nationwide and sophistication struggles among Mexicans and foreigners in regards to the definition and construction of the Mexican nation-state.Bandit country is the 1st whole research of the cultural influence that banditry had on Mexico from the time of its independence to the Mexican Revolution. Chris Frazer specializes in the character and function of overseas commute money owed, novels, and renowned ballads, referred to as corridos, to research how and why Mexicans and Anglo-Saxon tourists created and used pictures of banditry to steer kingdom formation, hegemony, and nationwide id. Narratives approximately banditry are associated with a social and political debate approximately “mexican-ness” and the character of justice. even supposing thought of a relic of the previous, the Mexican bandit keeps to forged an extended shadow over the current, within the type of narco-traffickers, taxicab hijackers, and Zapatista guerrillas. Bandit kingdom is a vital contribution to the cultural and the overall histories of postcolonial Mexico.
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On the other hand, the liberal discourse recognized banditry as a form of lowerclass criminality with dangerous political uses.
Not all were men. Three women were convicted of banditry (in Morelos), three were receptidoras (two in Puebla and one in Michoacán), and two were smugglers (one each in Morelos and Michoacán). 42 Women went to prison more often than men did for moral and sexual offenses, but contrary to elite assumptions, the most common female crime was murder (20 percent). The largest proportion of women convicts were married (44 percent), but most had no husband: 37 percent were single, while 19 percent were widows.
However, they are reasonably complete for seven states, 40 Armed Bodies of Men including the core states of México and Puebla, which had, in addition to Veracruz, the worst reputations for banditry. These figures provide us with the geographic distribution and rates of banditry. Nearly four hundred convicts (13 percent) went to prison for banditry, while twenty-two were receptidores (receivers of stolen goods) or encubridores (accomplices). Another fifty prisoners were smugglers. Altogether, bandits, receptidores, encubridores, and contrabandistas were 16 percent of the sample.
Bandit Nation: A History of Outlaws and Cultural Struggle in Mexico, 1810-1920 by Chris Frazer