Nationalism and Identity in Mexico - Analysis of the impact of anti-American sentiment on bilateral relations

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Nationalism and Identity in Mexico - Analysis of the impact of anti-American sentiment on bilateral relations

Type: Master thesis
Title: Nationalism and Identity in Mexico - Analysis of the impact of anti-American sentiment on bilateral relations
Author: Pfeiffer, Lukas
Issue Date: 2018-01-31
Keywords: National Identity, Nationalism, Foreign Politics and Bilateralism
Abstract: National Identity and Nationalism play a growing role in our globalized world. Being globalized stands for a shrinking world, which has an effect upon every sphere of life – from economic condition, to personal freedom, to cultural customs. Bilateralism, or bilateral relationships such as the one between Mexico and the United States bring countries closer together and enable success and growth. Nevertheless, such a relationship also impacts on both countries through cultural convergence and economic dependence. Therefore, this study examines how the Mexico – United States bilateral relation impacts on Mexico´s national identity. It directly addresses the level of anti-American sentiment in Mexico City. Furthermore, it assesses how an increased antiAmerican sentiment and a growing Mexican nationalism impact on Mexico´s foreign policy towards the United States of America. Finally, it evaluates in how far this affects the construction of the Mexican identity itself. The author shows in this study that there exists a connection between a growing anti-American sentiment in the Mexican society and the current stage of the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States of America. This study concludes that currently the seemingly volatile relationship between Mexico and the United States of America is also an opportunity or possibility for Mexico to gain next to economic independence, also to reorient the construction of the Mexican national identity distinguished from its neighbouring country.
Supervisor: Valdivia Rivera, Soledad
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Latin American Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Public Policies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/57701
 

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