First World Dreams: Mexico Since 1989
By Alexander Dawson
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd 2006 224 Pages
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Mexicans have long dreamt of the First World, and in recent times it has landed there with a thud. Under the guise of globalization, Mexico opened its borders, reformed its political system, and transformed its economy. The impacts have been paradoxical. A vibrant civil society is marred by human rights abuses and violent rebellion. Market reforms have produced a stable economy, economic growth and great fortunes, while devastating much of the countryside and crippling domestic producers. Mexico is today one of the world's largest exporting nations, yet has a perpetually negative trade balance. It is a nation in a perpetual state of becoming; a democracy, a nation where human rights are respected, a modern industrial nation - and a more violent, fragmented place where the chasms of wealth and poverty threaten to undo the dreams of modernity.