This book details how contentious politics - everyday as well as exceptional, local as well as national - that took place in three communal villages of Mexico alternately reproduced and reshaped inequality. Narrated and analyzed as instances of the general process of contention, these events took place during three key periods of Mexico's history: the 1910-20 revolution, the Cold War period from the 1950s to the 1970s, and from the 1980s to the present. Together, these episodes of contention build and test a theory of the making and unmaking of inequality in theoretically ideal conditions, illustrating the dynamics of this all-pervasive facet of social organization.
Viviane Brachet-Marquez is Professor of Sociology at El Colegio de Mexico, Centro de Estudios Sociologicos. Her work has been published in a number of publications in a variety of languages, including Sciences Sociales et Sante, Cahiers des Ameriques Latines, Estudios Sociologicos, Dialogos, World Development, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Contemporary Sociology, the Journal of Public Affairs, and Administracao de Empresas. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.