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Contention and the Dynamics of Inequality in Mexico, 1910–2010

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  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107063310

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  • This book details how contentious politics – everyday as well as exceptional, local as well as national – that took place in three communal villages of Mexico alternately reproduced and reshaped inequality. Narrated and analyzed as instances of the general process of contention, these events took place during three key periods of Mexico's history: the 1910–1920 revolution, the cold war period from the 1950s to the 1970s, and from the 1980s to the present. Together, these episodes of contention build and test a theory of the making and unmaking of inequality in theoretically ideal conditions, illustrating the dynamics of this all-pervasive facet of social organization.

    • Demonstrates that sociological analysis can be general while remaining anchored in national, regional, and local history
    • Offers ethnographic and historical work that provides a vivid portrait of rural life in Mexico at different historical times but goes beyond the quaint and the picturesque
    • Bridges agency, contention theory, and principles of social order - three theoretical realms treated separately until now
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    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107063310
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Contention, structuration, and the pact of domination: piecing together the puzzle
    2. The contexts of contention in the villages of Morelos
    3. From contending over the restitution of land to changing the pact of domination, 1910–24
    4. Confrontation and conciliation in Ahuatlán, 1953–72
    5. Land, corruption, and profit in Ocotlán, 1980–2010
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Viviane Brachet-Márquez, El Colegio de México
    Viviane Brachet-Marquez is Professor of Sociology at El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Sociológicos. Her work has been published in a number of publications in a variety of languages, including Sciences Sociales et Santé, Cahiers des Amériques Latines, Estudios Sociológicos, Diálogos, World Development, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Contemporary Sociology, the Journal of Public Affairs, and Administraçao de Empresas. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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