La Zona Contextual Background

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  • La Zona contextual background
    • Social Stratification in Mexico persists to the present day.
      • Mexican revolution of 1910 - Mexican government redistributed 50% of the land held by the landed gentry.
        • land ownership continues to form the basis for wealth in Mexico
          • (because of the economy's industrial transformation, industrialists and politicians are also likely to number among the wealthy)
          • only 10% of Mexicans are wealthy
          • 30% are middle class
          • 60% are poor (including peasants and industrial workers
        • country's income is unevenly distributed
          • wealthy 10% own 38% of country's income
          • middle 30% own 36% of country's income
    • housing situation in Mexico provides a dramatic illustration of the disparity between rich and poor
      • housing shortage
        • in Netzahual-coyotl on the Eastern outskirts of Mexico city, 1,000,000 lower-class Mexicans live in single-bedroom brick structures erected on land that floods when it rains
          • they have few public services
      • elite Western suburbs of Mexico City allow the wealthy to live with all of the amenities of modern life.
      • housing situation seems to be worsening
    • Persistent poverty has been one of the abiding problems of the Mexican economy
      • The economy has few safety nets
        • no unemployment compensation
        • poor do not receive welfare payments
        • education is the ticket to upward social mobility in Mexico,
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