Culture and Customs of Mexico

by Peter Standish, Steven M. Bell


This book offers a deeper understanding of Mexico's history, institutions, religion, cultural output, leisure, and social customs.

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April 2004


Pages 344
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
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Mexico, with some 90 million people, holds a special place in Latin America. It is a large, complex hybrid, a bridge between North and South America, between the ancient and the modern, and between the developed and the developing worlds. Mexico's importance to the United States cannot be overstated. The two countries share historical, economic, and cultural bonds that continue to evolve. This book offers students and general readers a deeper understanding of Mexico's dynamism: its wealth of history, institutions, religion, cultural output, leisure, and social customs.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Context: History, Land, and Society
Social Life, Leisure, and Food
The Media
Performing Arts
Visual Arts and Architecture
Selected Bibliography



[A] fittingly accessible and enjoyable overview of the diverse manifestations of Mexican culture.—The British Bulletin

Series Description

Cultures and Customs of the World

The Cultures and Customs of the World series delivers a fresh, modern perspective on individual countries for which detailed information is most in demand in the school curriculum and library. The series features ready-reference volumes that go beyond the travel guide fare by providing a comprehensive overview of the cultural life of countries most studied and in the news. Each volume is written by a country expert especially to meet the needs of students and the general reader. Countries come alive in insightful, accessible chapters that cover crucial topics:
  • The land, people, language, and history
  • Religion and world view
  • Literature and media
  • Arts and architecture/housing
  • Cuisine and traditional dress
  • Gender roles, marriage, and family
  • Social customs, education, and lifestyle
  • Music and dance

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