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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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Humberto González (PhD in Rural Sociology, University of Wageningen in 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. His research areas include food sovereignty, global value chains, and international migration.

Deon Geldenhuys is emeritus professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg and a distinguished fellow of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC).

Guillermo de la Peña completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, England. He is professor at CIESAS and has been a visiting professor and holder of chairs in several Mexican and foreign universities, and served as consultant to academic institutions and international foundations. Among his research interests are ethnic and cultural studies and education.

Gretchen du Plessis, who holds a PhD in Sociology, is a professor in the Department of Development Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. Her work centres on social policy, population and identity, gender and human security, and social research methodology.

Eunice D. Vargas-Valle obtained a PhD in Sociology (specialising in demography) from the University of Texas at Austin. She is professor in the Population Studies Department at the College of the Northern Border (COLEF) and editor-in-chief of Revista Frontera Norte.

Telésforo Ramírez-García (PhD in Population...

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