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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Steve
dc.contributor.advisor Edkins, Jenny Evans, Huw Robert 2010-02-24T14:51:32Z 2010-02-24T14:51:32Z 2001
dc.identifier.citation Evans, H. R. (2001) The production of Mexican space : Henri Lefebvre, globalization and state, PhD thesis, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University en
dc.description.abstract This thesis uses Henri Lefebvre's production of space thesis to illustrate the globalization of Mexican space, with particular emphasis on the period 1982-1994. Attention to Lefebvre's work suggests an important contribution to the ongoing debate concerning the relationship between the nation-state and globalization. This contribution is demonstrated in three main ways. First, Lefebvre maintains a central role for the state in the production of a relatively stable socio-spatial grounding for capital. This is examined via changes in the territoriality of the Mexican state with the advent of neoliberal restructuring. Second, Lefebvre highlights the importance of the state in constituting a hegemonic narrative of 'the global' for a political community (‘the nation'). This is necessary to contain participation and structure political identity, with state-led production of such representations fundamental to the entrenchment of capital and the legitimation of both political and geographical uneven development. This aspect is examined by focusing on the manipulation of national culture to visualise a 'spectacle of Mexican modernity' during the presidency of Salinas de la Gortari (1988-1994). Third, Lefebvre's recognition of the importance of such representations to globalization situates the nation-state as an important terrain of resistance. This aspect is examined via the Zapatista movement's 1994 interruption of the smooth unfolding of the globalization -process, through contestation of elite representations of national space. The thesis positions itself between those literatures that continue to reify the state, and those that maintain that globalization has rendered the nation-state effectively irrelevant to the understanding of contemporary processes. Henri Lefebvre furnishes a possible way to negotiate this impasse, and provides some clear insights on the possibilities of progressive political practice in a world replete with insistence that there is 'no alternative' to globalization. en
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dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title The production of Mexican space : Henri Lefebvre, globalization and state en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype refereed published journal paper en

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