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Socializing Mexico’s Power Elite

Roderic Ai Camp

in Mexico's Mandarins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233430.003.0008
Socializing Mexico’s Power Elite

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This chapter concentrates on the foreign educational experiences of elite clergy, politicians, and military officers. The experiences of future bishops who played a critical supporting role in persuading ordinary Mexicans to demand fair elections and political accountability are explained. The chapter also examines the officer corps, who studied in the United States. The only impact shared by Mexican power elites from military and nonmilitary backgrounds who study in the United States is their exposure to a different methodological approach which is typical of American graduate and higher education. The critical impact of education on the elite mentoring process and the impact of individual professors on specific students were nonexistent among priests at the Gregorian University. It is clearly shown that educational experiences abroad may enhance, moderate, or alter the differences in elite attitudes.

Keywords: foreign education; elite clergy; politicians; military officers; Gregorian University; bishops; Mexican power elites; elite mentoring

Chapter.  17245 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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