Iconic Mexico
An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo
by Eric Zolov, Editor
August 2015, 754pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-043-0
$218, £168, 190€, A299
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The diversity of Mexican culture ranges from Día de los Muertos to telenovelas.

Going far beyond basic historical information, this two-volume work examines the deep roots of Mexican culture and their meaning to modern Mexico.

In this book, readers will find rich, in-depth treatments by renowned as well as up-and-coming scholars on the most iconic people, places, social movements, and cultural manifestations—including food, dress, film, and music—that have given shape and meaning to modern Mexico and its people. Presenting authoritative information written by scholars in a format that is easily accessible to general audiences, this book serves as a useful and thorough reference tool for all readers.

This work combines extensive historical treatment accompanied by illuminating and fresh analysis that will appeal to readers of all levels, from those just exploring the concept of “Mexico” to those already familiar with Mexico and Latin America. Each entry functions as a portal into Mexican history, culture, and politics, while also showing how cultural phenomena have transformed over the years and continue to resonate into today.


  • Provides novel interpretations into well-established elements of Mexican history, politics, and culture
  • Supplies reference material that will appeal both to professors and high school teachers preparing for lectures as well as students conducting research
  • Discusses important topics of Mexican culture rarely explored by scholars, such as "gringo," "alebrije," and "sombrero"
  • Brings together a genuinely interdisciplinary group of scholars that includes historians, anthropologists, political scientists, and ethnomusicologists, affording readers a breadth of perspectives on Mexican culture and identity
Eric Zolov, PhD, is associate professor of Latin American history at Stony Brook University, NY. He is the author of Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture and coeditor of Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940; Rockin' Las Américas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America; and Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History.


"The articles, by a number of scholars, are uniformly well written and are a good introduction to Mexico’s culture and history."—Booklist, March 8, 2016

"Other comparable encyclopedias do not contain such a wonderfully eclectic collection of entries on less traditionally trodden topics. . . . Often accompanied by images, the entries not only remain unique, but they skilfully meld history, politics, and culture. . . . [T]he diverse nature and breadth of the entries included make this a worthy addition to any academic reference collection."—Reference Reviews, December 7, 2016
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