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Global South Powers in Transition

A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa


Edited By Deon Geldenhuys and Humberto González

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.

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About the editors


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) in Guadalajara and has been visiting professor at the universities of Chicago, Texas at Austin, Toulouse and Luxembourg.

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.

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