Citizens of Scandal

Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico

Citizens of Scandal

Book Pages: 280 Illustrations: 13 illustrations Published: October 2020

Author: Vanessa Freije

Subjects
History > Latin American History, Latin American Studies > Mexico, Politics

In Citizens of Scandal, Vanessa Freije explores the causes and consequences of political scandals in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s. Tracing the process by which Mexico City reporters denounced official wrongdoing, she shows that by the 1980s political scandals were a common feature of the national media diet. News stories of state embezzlement, torture, police violence, and electoral fraud provided collective opportunities to voice dissent and offered an important, though unpredictable and inequitable, mechanism for political representation. The publicity of wrongdoing also disrupted top-down attempts by the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) to manage public discourse, exposing divisions within the party and forcing government officials to grapple with popular discontent. While critical reporters denounced corruption, they also withheld many secrets from public discussion, sometimes out of concern for their safety. Freije highlights the tensions—between free speech and censorship, representation and exclusion, and transparency and secrecy—that defined the Mexican public sphere in the late-twentieth century.

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“This is a breakthrough book. With extensive documentation, Vanessa Freije narrates the uneven and incomplete dance among the public, journalists, and government that opened the Mexican media from the 1960s and transformed the nature of public debate and political culture. With delicate attention to forward movement and sinister recoil, she brilliantly situates her study in the proliferating field of inquiry into the public sphere.” — Mary Kay Vaughan, author of Portrait of a Young Painter: Pepe Zúñiga and Mexico City's Rebel Generation

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Spring 2020 Sale
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Vanessa Freije is Assistant Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1088-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0982-5
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