Mexican Icarus: Modernity, National Identity, and Aviation Development in Mexico, 1928-1958
AuthorSoland, Peter B.
KeywordsHistory of Technology and Culture
Latin American History
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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EmbargoRelease after 15-Nov-2018
AbstractIn the decades following the Revolution, government officials and industrialists attempted to strike a balance between preserving a unique national identity and asserting Mexico's place in global affairs as a competitive, modern nation. Veneration of the aviators' bravery and technological mastery cut across political and cultural boundaries, setting standards for the model citizen of a modern world. The symbolic figure of the pilot proved an adept vessel for disseminating the values championed by the country's ruling party. Aviators validated the technological determinism that underpinned the government's development philosophy to domestic audiences, while projecting an image of strength abroad. This study explores the spectacle of aviation in cultural events including film, airshows, goodwill flights, and state-sponsored funerals, connecting the history of aviation to often-conflicting discourses of Revolutionary nationalism and modern cosmopolitanism that were espoused by both national and regional elites.
Degree ProgramGraduate College