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The Reinvention of MexicoNational Ideology in a Neoliberal Era$
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Gavin O'Toole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316296

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Conclusion The Fate of Mexican National Ideology

Conclusion The Fate of Mexican National Ideology

(p.223) Conclusion The Fate of Mexican National Ideology
The Reinvention of Mexico
Liverpool University Press

This book has argued that nationalism in Mexico under the administration of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari continued to be a legitimising factor within the process of capitalist modernisation, instead of being in conflict with neoliberalism. By analysing the interaction between nationalist ideas and economic liberalism, the book has elucidated the fate of national ideology at a time when revolutionary nationalism was undermined by accelerated market reform. It has discussed the relationship between nationalism and modernity by showing how national ideology was reformed alongside the state in the Salinas period. National ideology also retained its functional value to the political opposition and critical intellectuals who welcomed state reform, mainly by ensuring social inclusion in the form of national citizenship.

Keywords:   Mexico, nationalism, neoliberalism, Carlos Salinas, state reform, modernisation, national ideology, intellectuals, social inclusion, citizenship

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