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Mexico: Why a Few Are Rich and the People Poor

Ramon Ruiz

Abstract

Explicitly focusing on the malaise of underdevelopment that has shaped the country since the Spanish conquest, this book offers a panoramic interpretation of Mexican history and culture from the pre-Hispanic and colonial eras through the twentieth century. Drawing on economics, psychology, literature, film, and history, it reveals how development processes have fostered glaring inequalities, uncovers the fundamental role of race and class in perpetuating poverty, and sheds new light on contemporary Mexican reality. Throughout, the book traces a legacy of dependency on outsiders, and considers ... More

Keywords: Mexico, underdevelopment, Mexican history, Mexican culture, economics, inequality, race, class, poverty, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262355
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262355.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ramon Ruiz, author