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First World Dreams: Mexico since 1989 - Global History of the Present (Hardback)Alexander S. Dawson (author)
Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 31/08/2006
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Mexicans have long dreamt of the First World, and in recent times it has landed with a thud. Under the guise of globalization, Mexico opened its borders, reformed its political system, and transformed its economy. The impacts have been paradoxical. In First World Dreams Alexander Dawson explores the contradictions and challenges which Mexico has experienced in embracing the market so wholeheartedly. A vibrant civil society is marred by human rights abuses and violent rebellion. Market reforms have produced a stable economy, economic growth and great fortunes, while devastating much of the countryside and crippling domestic producers. Mexico is today one of the world's largest exporting nations, yet has a perpetually negative trade balance. It is in a constant state of becoming a democracy, a nation where human rights are respected, a modern industrial nation, and a more violent, fragmented place where the chasms of wealth and poverty threaten to undo the dreams of modernity.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 222 x 143 x 143 mm
'Finally, a book that examines the new Mexico that emerged from the 1982 devaluation and the 1985 earthquake. Alexander Dawson weaves the interplay of globalization, neo-liberalism, national politics, and the everyday life of the Mexican people into a complex, insightful narrative.' William H. Beezley, University of Arizona 'This insightful study successfully explains mexico's change from a one-party political system safeguarded by its control over the economy, to a society characterized by mulitiple political parties and a free market financial structure.' J. R. Anguila
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