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Title: Everything in its Right Place? Drinking Places and Social Spaces in Mexico City, c. 1780-1900
Authors: Toner, Deborah F.
First Published: 2011
Publisher: Alcohol and Drugs History Society
Citation: Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, 2011, 25 (1-2), pp. 26-48
Abstract: This article examines how various drinking establishments figured in the delineation of social boundaries within Mexico City’s urban space in the long nineteenth century. It explores the different spatial and social regulation to which pulquerías (taverns primarily selling pulque, a traditional fermented alcoholic beverage), vinaterías (taverns primarily selling distilled spirits) and cafés (establishments for the sale and consumption of liqueurs, wines, non-alcoholic beverages and food) were subject, within the context of broader processes of urban change and political change. The increasing segregation of more popular drinking places such as pulquerías and vinaterías into poorer, more peripheral parts of Mexico City and of cafés, as more elite social spaces, into wealthier, more central parts of the city contributed to the demarcation of social boundaries within Mexico City and conceptual boundaries of class within the imagined Mexican nation. Moreover, this article shows how various social actors, including proprietors and customers of popular drinking places, reacted to and negotiated with the increasing regulation of Mexico City’s social space in the nineteenth century.
ISSN: 0887-2783
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Publisher permission given by email.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Historical Studies

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