The sufferings of "ordinary" people under harsh economic conditions can eventually lead to the fall of governments. Given this fact, it becomes important to know how "ordinary" people live-what privations they suffer and what strategies they use to survive in times of economic crisis. The Mexican Urban Household provides this information for Mexico near the end of the twentieth century. Mexico is now a predominantly urban nation, and this study is the definitive work on the strategies of self-defense of its urban households. It is based on surveys of nearly 10,000 households, conducted during twenty years of field work in five very different cities, with the help of a staff of more than twenty Mexican social scientists, engineers, architects, and social workers. Far from being a compilation of undigested statistics, however, The Mexican Urban Household uses its rich data to vividly reveal how Mexican families use their every resource to defend themselves against a political and economic system that overwhelms and exploits them. It describes how families band together, sometimes with three generations in one small house, to minimize expenses and pool resources. It explores the limited range of available jobs, from secure but scarce bureaucratic positions to more common and less reliable jobs in blue-collar industries and the informal economy. And, most important, it traces the high cost to families, particularly to women, of the endless struggle to make ends meet. These important findings outline the dimensions of the economic crisis for ordinary Mexicans. It will be crucial reading not only for everyone interested in the future of Mexico but also for students of development throughout the Third World. CPSIA choking or other US hazard warning -No California Proposition 65 hazard warning necessary
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About the Author
Henry A. Selby is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Arthur D. Murphy is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Stephen A. Lorenzen holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Contributor: Henry A. Selby
- Imprint: University of Texas Press
- ISBN13: 9780292741669
- Number of Pages: 250
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229mm
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University of Texas Press
- Release Date: 1990-09-01
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Henry A. Selby is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Arthur D. Murphy is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Stephen A. Lorenzen holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.