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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico$
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Edward Beatty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284890

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284890.001.0001

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Obstacles to Adoption

Obstacles to Adoption

(p.157) Seven Obstacles to Adoption
Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico

Edward Beatty

University of California Press

The final two chapters examine those factors that constrained the adoption of new technologies and the assimilation of new knowledge and expertise. Despite the centrality of technological change after 1870, it was not universal, uncontested, or unilinear. Technology and investment capital spilled over Mexico’s borders and washed across the landscape; in some places, this inundation settled and pooled; in other places, it evaporated and left few marks. Chapter 7 examines the obstacles to technological change: those factors that delayed the adoption of new technologies, that impaired their use or productive capacity in Mexico, or that prevented their adoption altogether. It focuses especially on the economic and social contexts for new technologies imported into Mexico and the ease or challenge of fitting within new markets and “production ecologies.”

Keywords:   technology adoption, context and fit, appropriate technology, obstacles to innovation, input markets, fuel, productive efficiency, diffusion, resistance

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