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NCJ Number: 155123 Find in a Library
Title: Origins of Violence in Mexican Society
Author(s): C J Johns
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 228
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-94838-2
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Violence in Mexico is examined from in terms of its origins in organized violence in Aztec and Conquest Mexico many centuries ago and their long-term impacts on the country.
Abstract: Combining the disciplines of criminology, sociology, economics, anthropology, and history, as well as the general concepts of historical materialism developed by Marx and Engels, the analysis focuses on the structure and functions of the society and the interactions of political, ideological, and economic forces. It discusses the overt forms of government violence, including warfare, forced labor, penal sanctions, and Aztec human sacrifice. It also argues that both the Aztec legal system and the Spanish law that replaced it were developed to define social and economic relationships in the interests of the dominant class operating within a particular form of economic organization. The author concludes that the high level of violence in contemporary Mexico reflects the desperation, anger, and frustration of a people mired in and brutalized by 400 years of exploitation and still in a basically colonial position that is subordinate within the capitalist world system. Index and 233 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign laws; Mexico; Violence causes
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