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1 October 2004
Mexico in Transition
Neoliberal Globalism, the State and Civil Society
Edited by Gerardo Otero
Mexico in Transition provides a wide-ranging, empirical and up-to-date survey of the multiple impacts neoliberal policies have had in practice in Mexico over twenty years, and the specific impacts of the NAFTA Agreement. The volume covers a wide terrain, including the effects of globalization on peasants; the impact of neoliberalism on wages, trade unions, and specifically women workers; the emergence of new social movements El Barzón and the Zapatistas (EZLN); how the environment, especially biodiversity, has become a target for colonization by transnational corporations; the political issue of migration to the United States; and the complicated intersections of economic and political liberalization.
Mexico in Transition provides rich concrete evidence of what happens to the different sectors of an economy, its people, and natural resources, as the profound change of direction that neoliberal policy represents takes hold. It also describes and explains the diverse forms of resistance and challenge that different civil-society groups of those affected are now offering to a model the downsides of which are becoming increasingly manifest.
''‘Mexico in Transition' is a wonderful collection that will provide readers a broad and insightful analysis of the impact of twenty years of neoliberal policies and the ways that Mexicans have responded to these changes. Grounded in the fieldwork experience of some of the most knowledgeable experts on Mexican politics and society, the book transcends the limitations of the usual edited volumes to offer valuable studies of both rural and urban Mexico from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.' - Judith Adler Hellman, Professor of Social Science, York University, Toronto and author of ‘Mexico in Crisis‘, and ‘Mexican Lives‘
'A superb collection of essays on matters of labour, the peasantry, migrants, indigenous groups, women, export industries, and debtors, that brings to light the 'other side' of neoliberalism, namely the problems it creates and grass-roots efforts to redress the problems. The book focuses specifically on Mexico, and shows interconnections between structural changes there and in the U.S.' - Susan Eckstein, Professor of Sociology, Boston University, Past President, Latin American Studies Association
'Mexico is one of the most important test cases for an understanding of the consequences and costs of two decades of neo-liberal reform. In Otero‘s excellent book Mexico in Transition, a group of leading scholars document in wide-ranging and rich empirical case studies, the profound impact of NAFTA and the deeper integration of the Mexican economy with the United States. Covering a wide terrain from institutional democratization to social movements to economic reform, 'Mexico in Transition' stands as a compelling indictment of what passes as the glories of globalization and market integration. A must read for anyone interested in the political economy of development.' - Michael J. Watts, Director and Chancellor‘s Professor, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Table of Contents
1. Mexico‘s double movement: Neoliberal globalism, the State, and civil society - Gerardo Otero
2. Rebellious Cornfields: Toward food and labour self-sufficiency - Armando Bartra
3. Fruits of injustice: Women in the post-NAFTA food system - Deborah Barndt
4. Conservation or privatization? Biodiversity, the global market, and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor - Laura Carlsen
5. State corporatism and peasant organizations: Toward new institutional arrangements - Horacio Mackinlay and Gerardo Otero
6. Institutional democratization: Changing political practices and the sugarcane growers unions of the PRI - Peter Singelmann
7. Manufacturing neoliberalism: Industrial relations, trade union corporatism and politics - Enrique de la Garza Toledo
8. Who reaps the productivity growth in Mexico? Convergence or polarization in manufacturing real wages (1988-1999) - Enrique Dussel Peters
9. Labour and migration policies under Vicente Fox: Subordination to U.S. economic and geopolitical interests - Raúl Delgado Wise
10. Community, economy and social change in Oaxaca, Mexico: Rural life and cooperative logic in the global economy - Jeffrey H. Cohen
11. Survival strategies in neoliberal markets: Peasant organizations and organic coffee in Chiapas - María Elena Martínez-Torres
12. The binational integration of the U.S.-Mexican avocado industries: Examining responses to economic globalism - Lois Stanford
13. Convergence: Social movements in Mexico in the era of neoliberal globalism - Humberto González
14. Contesting neoliberal globalism from below: The EZLN, Indian rights, and citizenship - Gerardo Otero
About the Author:
Gerardo Otero is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has published over 50 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals such as Rural Sociology, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Perspectives, and Revista Mexicana de Sociolog¡a.
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