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Anything but the People

Anything but the People doi For once, the Mexican public received some good news. Copyright 2006 by Duke University Press 10.1215/08992363-2006-002 Public Culture similarity between such qualities of the location and the nature of the people who convened there, but the castle was probably chosen as a venue with precisely this connection in mind. The agreement was deemed national even before it was presented to the nation, and it was deemed public even before the public was encouraged to join in and adhere to its terms. Neither the nation nor the public was enjoined to discuss, amend, or negotiate the terms of the agreement. They were merely asked to endorse it and to acquiesce to it (sober praise would suffice), since the agreement was already there, crafted to the last word. There was no mention of contending parties, hard negotiations, and accommodating interests. It seemed the guests and signatories were in unison; they were unfaltering and unequivocal. They had no quarrels and no differences, nor did they give voice to the narrow concerns of any particular constituency. They were, after all, each of them celebrities, hence national in their own right. Indeed, the signatories anointed and presented themselves as members of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Public Culture Duke University Press

Anything but the People

Public Culture , Volume 18 (2) – Apr 1, 2006

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2006 by Duke University Press
ISSN
0899-2363
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1527-8018
DOI
10.1215/08992363-2006-002
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doi For once, the Mexican public received some good news. Copyright 2006 by Duke University Press 10.1215/08992363-2006-002 Public Culture similarity between such qualities of the location and the nature of the people who convened there, but the castle was probably chosen as a venue with precisely this connection in mind. The agreement was deemed national even before it was presented to the nation, and it was deemed public even before the public was encouraged to join in and adhere to its terms. Neither the nation nor the public was enjoined to discuss, amend, or negotiate the terms of the agreement. They were merely asked to endorse it and to acquiesce to it (sober praise would suffice), since the agreement was already there, crafted to the last word. There was no mention of contending parties, hard negotiations, and accommodating interests. It seemed the guests and signatories were in unison; they were unfaltering and unequivocal. They had no quarrels and no differences, nor did they give voice to the narrow concerns of any particular constituency. They were, after all, each of them celebrities, hence national in their own right. Indeed, the signatories anointed and presented themselves as members of the

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Public CultureDuke University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2006

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