Sergio Miranda Pacheco

Urban Globalization and its Historicity: The Case of the Global Sanitary City in Mexico in the Nineteenth Century

Sergio Miranda Pacheco, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Abstract: Medicine and sanitary engineering were applied gradually during the nineteenth century as solutions to the terrible conditions of life and habitat that prevailed in the cities of the capitalist world—but also with the purpose of regenerating the human work force necessary to reproduce wealth. This essay shows how this global sanitarian effort was applied in Mexico City during the government of President Porfirio Díaz (1876–1880, 1884–1910), exemplifying the conceptions and prejudices about health, disease, environment and urban ...

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