The Problems of Mexico: An Analysis of a Sociological Discourse

The Problems of Mexico: An Analysis of a Sociological Discourse

Della Faille, Dimitri (2014) « The Problems of Mexico: An Analysis of a Sociological Discourse », Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 60-75.

ABSTRACT:
Based on an empirical analysis of articles published between 1987 and 2006 in three major Mexican sociological journals, my research traces the continuities and discontinuities in the study of the alleged malfunctioning of Mexican society. The study of how sociologists represented Mexican society has revealed several discursive dynamics. The traditional economic and political perspectives blaming social problems on elites predominate. Studies of electoral system flaws, political contention, lacklustre democracy in unions, and union collusion with industrial capitalism abound. More recently, however, the introduction of the study of globalisation has transformed the examination of these issues.