Manana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans

ISBN-10: 0375703942

ISBN-13: 9780375703942

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Description: 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 shrewd and fascinating book, the renowned scholar and former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda sheds much light on the puzzling paradoxes of his native country. Here’s 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.Castañeda 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.Mañana Forever?is a compelling portrait of a nation at a crossroads.From the Hardcover edition.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
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
Notes
Index
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