Individual Paper: Mexico and Economic Development
A De-Growth Alternative
Over the past two decades development economics has experienced a shift from standard neoclassical analysis to focus on institutions. While studying economic institutions is indeed important, evaluating their transformation and embeddedness (Polanyi 1944) is equally, if not more, crucial for understanding and improving human wellbeing—especially in countries where market institutions are not fully broached. With that perspective in mind, the present paper considers the importance of culture in the evolution of institutions in Mexico by combining the concept of contact zones with eco-feminist economics a la Vandana Shiva. Contact zones analyze daily interactions of social spaces where culture and class meet and negotiate with each other (Pratt 1991). The contact zone between Mexicans and post-WWII development policies surfaced as a Nahua/Aztec collective memory, allowing for a possibility of social and political autonomy through the creation of alternatives to development of the market system.
Start time: 14:30
Track: The Pluriverse: Articulating alternatives to development