A diachronic study of household food acquisition and consumption strategies in central urban Mexico: An anthropological approach.
Committee ChairVelez-Ibanez, Carlos
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis dissertation examines social processes taking place in Mexico's capital city, the Distrito Federal. This research shows how the Mexican State, during the eighties, adopted a strategy of economic development in which the cost of labor was drastically reduced to benefit industries and businesses. During the period of study, 1980 to 1987, daily minimum wages in the Distrito Federal dropped from 7.01 to 2.94 U.S. dollars. Yearly inflation rates rose from 30 percent in 1980, to 81 percent in 1983, reaching 159 percent in 1987. The impact of depressed salaries and high rates of inflation on household food budget is significant, according to the results. The analysis of 2,325 samples of household food wastes demonstrates that during 1983 and 1987, households in the working and middle classes experienced significant reductions, in comparison to their 1980-baseline level, of food acquisition and consumption.