The Mexico City Metro: Appropriation and Assimilation of Foreign Technology To Stay on Track With Other Modern Capital Cities and To Produce a Technological and Cultural Marvel
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AbstractThis paper provides a review of the construction of the metro in Mexico City and evaluates themetro as a production of culture. The incorporation and Mexicanization of foreign technology allowed Mexico to build and service a metro while making it uniquely Mexican. The naming of the stations and the use of icons to identify them project Mexican culture and power. The art within the stations and the activities travelers see and participate in are also examples of how Mexico’s metro is unique to its culture. The use of newspaper articles from major cities from around the world demonstrated that the metro was accepted as a successful technological marvel. Newspaper articles, songs, and local art show that Mexicans accepted the metro as their own. We conclude that the metro was a cultural production that propelled Mexico City to the same level as other modern capital cities.
Degree ProgramGraduate College