Mexican Shock: Its Meaning for the United States

Mexican Shock: Its Meaning for the United States

by Jorge G. Castaneda, Jorge G. Castaaneda
     
 

One of the most trenchant critics of the Latin American scene and American foreign policy, Jorge G. Castañeda has been hailed as the "leading Mexican voice in the U.S. media" (In These Times). In The Mexican Shock Castañeda examines the major issues in Mexico in recent years and their effects on the United States: emigration, the relationship between politics and…  See more details below

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One of the most trenchant critics of the Latin American scene and American foreign policy, Jorge G. Castañeda has been hailed as the "leading Mexican voice in the U.S. media" (In These Times). In The Mexican Shock Castañeda examines the major issues in Mexico in recent years and their effects on the United States: emigration, the relationship between politics and economics, the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Colosio, and the rapid devaluation of the peso.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of Mexico's leading progressive critics, Castaeda (Utopia Unarmed) offers a savvy challenge to his home country's ruling elite and to Americans who believe an economic bailout will salve Mexico's wounds. Mexico, he reminds us, remains far more polarized than its mostly middle-class neighbor, and, as he warned presciently, free trade without attendant democratic and social reforms will not modernize Mexico. Now he advises his comrades not to fight for NAFTA's repeal but to mold it ``into an instrument for growth with justice''; that would require the government to help civil society flourish by freeing unions and ending the television monopoly, among other reforms. Castaeda offers detailed but accessible accounts of the Chiapas crisis, the 1994 elections and the factors contributing to Mexico's December 1994 economic collapse. He believes Mexico is in neither transition nor crisis but a state of slow deterioration. To break out of that, he observes pessimistically, there are no forces-only the institutional power of government-strong enough to steer Mexico on a new course. (Nov.)
Library Journal
A well-known analyst and Mexican academic (Utopia Unarmed: The Fall and Future of the Latin American Left, LJ 9/1/93) presents a cogent, provocative, and insightful examination of the recent Mexican economic and political crisis. His analysis, admittedly critical of the Mexican state and model, nevertheless provides many fresh interpretations about controversial events during the last 18 months, including the major political assassinations and the controversial devaluation of the peso. Unfortunately, this clearly written book, composed of a series of interrelated essays, two previously published, will be understood only by well-informed North American readers. The author, who constantly refers to his own role in some of these events, should have clarified for nonspecialists his position in the larger Mexican political context. Nevertheless, this is strongly recommended for academic and larger public library collections.-Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
Raul Nino
The author of "Utopia Unarmed", a seminal work that examined political and revolutionary change in Latin America, now writes a "dateline" report. With an exacting focus, Castaneda discusses current U.S.-Mexican relations, from NAFTA to Chiapas, from California's Proposition 187 to Mexico's economic collapse (which can only exacerbate the root cause of why Proposition 187 exists). Geographically, two countries couldn't be any closer than the U.S. and Mexico, yet to read and hear what pundits and experts have to say about their relations, one would believe they are in the early stages of getting to know each other. Castaneda's book helps clear up misconceptions on the U.S. side; in an unflinching look at his country's rampant institutionalized corruption, political stagnation, economic injustice, and political assassinations, he allows the reader a sharp view of the effect the future of Mexico has on the future of the U.S. This is a very readable and timely book.
Booknews
Castaneda (political science, National Autonomous U. of Mexico) examines key issues in Mexican life including the impact of emigration, the relationship between politics and economics, and the US-influenced cultural changes taking place in Mexico. He also examines Americans' changing perceptions of Mexico, the differences that still divide the two countries, and why recent events in Mexico should matter to Americans. Contains minimal bibliographic material and no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565843110
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.99(d)

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