Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico
details the impact of neoliberal practice on the production and
exchange of basic resources in working-class communities in Mexico.
Using anthropological investigations and a market-driven approach,
contributors explain how uneven policies have undermined
constitutional protections and working-class interests since the
Mexican Revolution of 1910.
Detailed ethnographic fieldwork shows how foreign investment,
privatization, deregulation, and elimination of welfare benefits
have devastated national industries and natural resources and
threatened agriculture, driving the campesinos and working class
deeper into poverty. Focusing on specific commodity chains and the
changes to production and marketing under neoliberalism, the
contributors highlight the detrimental impacts of policies by
telling the stories of those most affected by these changes. They
detail the complex interplay of local and global forces, from the
politically mediated systems of demand found at the local level to
the increasingly powerful municipal and state governments and the
global trade and banking institutions.
Sharing a common theoretical perspective and method throughout
the chapters, Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in
Mexico is a multi-sited ethnography that makes a significant
contribution to studies of neoliberal ideology in practice.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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