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Angels or Monsters?

Title: Angels or Monsters?: Violent Crimes and Violent Children in Mexico City, 1927-1932.
Name(s): Weber, Jonathan, author
Herrera, Robinson, professor directing thesis
Anderson, Rodney, committee member
Upchurch, Charles, committee member
Department of History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Based upon archival sources located in Mexico, this thesis represents a focused attempt at analyzing the factors affecting the punishment of juvenile offenders in late 1920s and early 1930s Mexico City. I argue that different crimes, homicide, prostitution, and rape, merited punishments that were prescribed to uniquely fit a suspect based on elite views of what represented the model family, education, and sexual behavior. The elite views were represented by state officials in the Tribunal para Menores, a court established in January 1927, to specifically deal with minors, legally defined as anyone under the age of 18. Prior to the establishment of the Tribunal para Menores, minors were adjudicated in adult courts and placed in adult correctional facilities. However, the Tribunal represented the first attempt in Mexico City to separate child from adult. Correctional schools were established that solely housed minors and in most cases, prison sentences alongside adults were no longer acceptable. Instead, minors were placed in correctional schools where the ultimate goal was rehabilitation so minors could re-enter society as productive members of the nation.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1226 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of History in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: October 6, 2006.
Keywords: Rape, Homicide, Prostitution, Tribunal Para Menores, 20th Century Mexico, Childhood In Mexico, Childhood, Crime, Juvenile Crime, Juvenile History
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Robinson Herrera, Professor Directing Thesis; Rodney Anderson, Committee Member; Charles Upchurch, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Weber, J. (2006). Angels or Monsters?: Violent Crimes and Violent Children in Mexico City, 1927-1932. Retrieved from