Moving Beyond Drug Narratives in Mexico

Based on news headlines in the US, you’d think Mexico was little more than an anarchic den of drug-related violence. While the drug-related violence in Mexico is a very real social problem, it’s far from the only (or even the dominant) lived experience of a majority of Mexicans. LatIntelligence has a very good piece up on how Mexican society and economics look in reality when compared to the narratives US media create in an attempt to complicate and combat people’s assumptions of Mexico. Suffice to say, the reality and the reporting are different things. Among other things, the piece highlights the facts that, contrary to public opinion in the US, Mexico is a “middle class country” rather than a “developing country”; that it is one of “the most open and competitive economies in the world,” with trade making up 63% of its GDP; and the fact that, in addition to over 5 million legal immigrants, there are more than 30 million US citizens who claim Mexican heritage. The whole thing is short, but worth reading simply for moving beyond the drug wars narrative that is overemphasized to the point of drowning out all the complexities and aspects of Mexico’s society, economy, and politics.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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