First World Dreams by Alexander Dawson
Mexico Since 1989 (Global History of the Present)

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Mexicans have long dreamt of the First World, and in recent times it has landed there 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. 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 a country in a perpetual state of becoming; a modern industrial democracy where human rights are respected - and a violent, fragmented place where the chasms of wealth and poverty threaten to undo the dreams of modernity.

About Alexander Dawson

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Alexander Dawson is Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
Published April 4, 2013 by Zed Books. 201 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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