The lure of the perverse: Moral negotiation of pederasty in Porfirian Mexico

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Abstract

This article examines the dynamic relationship between a criminologist, Carlos Roumagnac, and the inmates that he interviewed in the large Mexico City prison, Belem, in the first decade of the twentieth century. In particular the piece delves into the way that pederasty, or male homosexuality, was discussed in these interviews, revealing the ways in which Mexican men understood homosexuality as morally unseemly but acceptable if left unspoken. The article concludes with some suggestions about the difficulties encompassed in the history of (homo)-sexuality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalMexican Studies - Estudios Mexicanos
Volume16
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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The lure of the perverse : Moral negotiation of pederasty in Porfirian Mexico. / Nesvig, Martin.

In: Mexican Studies - Estudios Mexicanos, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2000, p. 1-36.

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