The Mexican Exception

Sovereignty, Police, and Democracy

  • Authors
  • Gareth¬†Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Gareth Williams
    Pages 1-15
  3. Gareth Williams
    Pages 41-63
  4. Gareth Williams
    Pages 65-86
  5. Gareth Williams
    Pages 87-115
  6. Gareth Williams
    Pages 117-152
  7. Gareth Williams
    Pages 153-192
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 193-219

About this book


This book examines the question of democracy in post-revolutionary Mexican society.  Each chapter recuperates an event or particular historical sequence that sheds light on the relation between culture and sovereign exceptionality.  Each moment or sequence stages a relation to language.  In these speech scenes there is a disagreement between social actors (for example, disputes between peasants and intellectuals over words such as democracy, equality, freedom, proletariat, worker, revolution etc.). Democracy in this book is not just a type of Constitution or a form of society that politics affirms on a daily basis.  It is the assumption and installation of egalitarian language.  Democracy is therefore the momentary interruption or suspension of the police order.


constitution culture democracy police politics revolution society sovereignty

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