Global South Powers in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa

Global South Powers in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa


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Employing a novel collaborative transnational methodology, this ground-breaking book presents the first comprehensive and systematic comparison of Mexico and South Africa. Although geographically, historically and diplomatically far apart, Mexico and South Africa are ambitious and influential powers in the Global South and also experience wide-ranging domestic transitions. A binational team of 26 researchers from the two countries, all specialists in their respective disciplines, probe the transitions that Mexico and South Africa are undergoing in areas such as socio-cultural diversity, domestic politics, economic development, labour dynamics, social and territorial inequality, food security, crime and violence, and foreign relations. The detailed country studies allow the authors to identify striking similarities but also profound differences between the two societies. In so doing, the book helps to explain Mexico and South Africa to each other but also to the world at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782807611351
Publisher: P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Editions Scientifiques Internationales
Publication date: 10/30/2019
Series: Regional Integration and Social Cohesion Series , #20
Pages: 514
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Deon Geldenhuys is an emeritus professor of Politics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and a distinguished fellow of the Consortium for Comparative Research in Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC). His latest book, The Politics of Persecution: Contemporary Case Studies (2019) appeared in the RISC series published by Peter Lang.

Humberto González (PhD in Rural Sociology, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands), is professor at the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) and has been visiting professor at the universities of Chicago, Texas at Austin, Toulouse and Luxembourg.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword Professor Harlan Koff, University of Luxembourg and President of RISC 9

Foreword Professor Chris Landsberg, SARChI Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg 13

Table of illustrations 15

Notes on authors (in order of contributions) 23

Introduction Humberto González Deon Geldenhuys 27

Chapter 1 Socio-cultural diversity: the struggle for nation and citizenship Guillermo de la Peña Gretchen du Plessis 39

Chapter 2 Demographic dynamics: transitions, heterogeneity and mobility Eunice D. Vargas Valle Telésforo Ramírez-García Tapiwa Chagonda 87

Chapter 3 The political dynamics of democratization Alberto Aziz-Nassif Nicola de Jager 127

Chapter 4 Labour dynamics and insertion in the global economy Graciela Bensusán-Areous Andries Bezuidenhout 163

Chapter 5 The quest for accelerated economic development Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid Juan Cristóbal Rubio-Badan Mzukisi Qobo 211

Chapter 6 Social and territorial inequality Graciela Teruel-Belismelis Miguel Reyes-Hernández Zitha Mokomane 237

Chapter 7 Agricultural and food vulnerability Humberto González Alejandro Macías-Macías Johan Willemse 283

Chapter 8 Mining, the state and society Claudio Garibay-Orozco Elise Tempelhoff Johann Tempelhoff 325

Chapter 9 Violence and criminal justice Elena Azaola Gareth Newham 369

Chapter 10 International relations and foreign policies Jorge A. Schiavon Lesley Masters 411

Conclusion Humberto González Deon Geldenbuys 445

Bibliography 455

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