Pablo Piccato


On his book The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere

Cover Interview of February 09, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“In Mexico, honor and even violence helped build an autonomous space for political debate.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“This book looks at the first century of Mexican history as a simultaneous struggle to protect honor and empower public opinion.”

On the second:

“Throughout independent Latin America, the public sphere emerged as a more politicized field than in Western Europe; a field where disputes, sometimes violent, centered from the very beginning on sovereignty and representation, but also on personal reputations—central issues in societies emerging from three hundred years of colonial domination.”