NO101- September 12, 2012
What are the differences and similarities between Canada, the USA and Mexico?
Are these three countries currently (ie since NAFTA) converging or diverging?
-see reading Convergence and Divergence for more ideas on the idea of continentalism vs nation-state being the
What are the forces (economic, geopolitical, cultural) that encourage or hinder that convergence?
-the advancement of the USA and Canada while Mexico remains underdeveloped compared to the global North
Convergence and Divergence
-January 1, 1994 NAFTA- a new era in continental cooperation?
-Zapatistas launched an attack on the Mexican government in Chiapas (same day) highlighting racial and economic
inequality in Mexico
-What has changed? What challenges remain?
-The government has tried to portray Mexico as a first world country...But behind this picture is the real Mexico, the
Mexico millions of Indians who live in extreme poverty *...+ We’ve shown that in Chiapas, the Mexican government and
a handful of businesses extract all the wealth...
Nations and Regions
-Economics, cultural regional difference within nations
-How does this factor into our discussion?
-Economic benefits of trade unevenly distributed (eg Mexico, North vs South)
-Regions whose economic interests, histories cross national boundaries: can they be forces of integration?