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Mañana forever?, Mexico and the Mexicans, Jorge G. Castañeda

This book is a portrait of a nation at a crossroads. It examines the history and national characteristics of modern Mexico, discussing the contradictions of its politics, its complicated relationship with the United States, and its possible future direction. Why are Mexicans so successful in individual sports, but deficient in team play? Why do Mexicans dislike living in skyscrapers? Why do Mexicans love to see themselves as victims, but also love victims? And why, though the Mexican people traditionally avoid conflict, is there so much violence in a country where many leaders have died by assassination? In this book, the author a scholar and former foreign minister sheds much light on the puzzling paradoxes of his native country. Here is a nation of 110 million that has an ambivalent and complicated relationship with the United States yet is host to more American expatriates than any country in the world. Its people tend to resent foreigners yet have made the nation a hugely popular tourist destination. Mexican individualism and individual ties to the land reflect a desire to conserve the past and slow the route to uncertain modernity. The author also examines the future possibilities for Mexico as it becomes more diverse in its regional identities, socially more homogenous, its character and culture the instruments of change rather than sources of stagnation, its political system more open and democratic
Table Of Contents
Why Mexicans are lousy at soccer and don't like skyscrapers -- At last: a Mexican middle class -- Victims and enemies of conflict and competition -- Finally, Mexican democracy -- The power of the past and the fear of the foreign -- At last: an open society, an open economy, an open mind? -- Illusory laws, lawless cynicism -- The law of the land, or the land of the law? -- The future in real time
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed
Physical Description
xxv, 293 p. :, ill. ;, 25 cm

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