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Global South Powers in Transition

A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa

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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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List of illustrations (by chapter and country, in order of presentation)

Chapter 1 (Socio-cultural diversity: the struggle for nation and citizenship)

Mexico

Map 1: Geographic distribution of Mexico’s indigenous population by municipalities, 2015

Table 1: Indigenous linguistic families, languages, and number of speakers (< 3 year old), 2010

Table 2: Estimates of the population of Mexico, 1823–80

Table 3: Census during the Diaz dictatorship, 1895–1910

Table 4: Total population and indigenous language speakers, 1921–90

Table 5: Categories of indigenous population, 2000 and 2010

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