Modernization, race and the state

Sarah Washbrook

in Producing Modernity in Mexico

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264973
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754128 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Modernization, race and the state

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This chapter analyzes the different ways in which race was understood by national politicians, foreign investors, and local elites in Chiapas, and explores the relationship between interpretations of race, political factionalism, and economic and social policies. It concludes with an overview of three important areas of state activity — taxation, education, and public works — and highlights how racialized practices of state rule were modernized during the last twenty years of the Porfirian regime in Chiapas.

Keywords: ethnicity; Chiapas; political factionalism; economic policy; social policy; taxation; education; public works; Porfirian regime

Chapter.  9937 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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