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The Logic of Compromise in MexicoHow the Countryside Was Key to the Emergence of Authoritarianism$
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Gladys I. McCormick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628943

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628943.001.0001

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The Logic of Compromise

The Logic of Compromise

The Forgotten Tale of Antonio Jaramillo

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The Logic of Compromise in Mexico

Gladys I. McCormick

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter documents the resurgence in peasant activism at the Zacatepec cooperative after 1947. A new cadre of leaders stepped up to press peasant demands upon an unapologetically corrupt general manager. These new leaders, including Antonio Jaramillo, Rubén’s older brother, used their own version of economic modernization to force the regime to revise its strategy of social peace in Morelos’s cooperative, including naming a more able general manager. This brand of social peace provides a framework within which to build one of the book’s key arguments: The logic of compromise lies in understanding the dynamic between two complementary facets of patron-client relationships. The first is founded on the institutionalization of pre-existing corrupt practices at the local level. The second relies on a patriarchal political culture premised on languages of benign patriarchy, gratitude, and forgiveness. The chapter argues these compromises generated a sense of inevitability that became pervasive in the cooperative and laid the basis of popular support for the regime that would last for decades. More commonplace than that of either of his two more famous brothers, Porfirio and Rubén, Antonio’s career shows the high price exacted from those who accepted a place in the social order.

Keywords:   Patron-client relations in Mexico, Corruption in Mexico, Oral histories in Mexico, Antonio Jaramillo, Eugenio Prado, Zacatepec, Morelos, Sugar cooperative, Sugar workers, Peasants in Mexico

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