Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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 "Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico is important for a number of reasons...Some of the chapters may even become required reading on neoliberalism, and politicians, pundits, and the public would be well served to encounter the material." 

—Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607321712
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Weaver is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona School of Anthropology and founder of TWeaver Writing and Research. James B. Greenberg is a professor of anthropology and research anthropologist at the University of Arizona. William Alexander is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Anne Browning-Aiken is cultural anthropologist at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Neoliberal Transformation of Mexico James B. Greenberg Thomas Weaver Anne Browning-Aiken William L. Alexander 1

2 Theorizing Neoliberalism James B. Greenberg Thomas Weaver Anne Browning-Aiken William L. Alexander 33

3 Neoliberalism and the Transnational Activity of the State: Offshore Control in the US-Mexico Mango and Persian Lime Industry Robert R. Alvarez 51

4 Tracing the Trail of Table Grapes: The Effects of Neoliberal Policies in Sonora, Mexico Rebecca H. Carter William L. Alexander 75

5 Maize and Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca: Two Victims of Neoliberalism Alvaro González Ríos 99

6 Disjuncture between Economic Policy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: Water Case Studies in Sonora, Mexico Anne Browning-Aiken 115

7 Privately Unsustainable: Ecological Resiliency and Watershed Resources in an Arid-Land Ejido Robert M. Emanuel 141

8 Policies of Conservation and Sustainable Development: Fishing Communities in the Gulf of California, Mexico Marcela Vásquez-León 165

9 Neoliberalism and the Social Relations of Forestry Production in Chihuahua Thomas Weaver 187

10 The Impact of World Bank Policies on Indigenous Communities Salomón Nahmad 209

11 The Impact of Neoliberal Policies on Rural Producers in Oaxaca, Mexico James B. Greenberg 225

12 Neoliberal Capital and the Mobility Approach in Anthropology James B. Greenberg Josiah McC. Heyman 241

13 Coffee, Neoliberalism, and Social Policy in Oaxaca Paola Ma. Sesia 269

14 Up the Mode in the Period of Post-Neoliberalism Thomas Weaver 293

15 Conclusion: Structural Adjustment, Structural Violence James B. Greenberg Thomas Weaver Anne Browning-Aiken William L. Alexander 315

List of Contributors 343

Index 349

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