The Mexican middle class has generally been neglected in academic literature. Dennis Gilbert’s Mexico’s Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era is an important addition to the few focused studies available on the Latin American middle class, for instance, Brian Owensby’s study of the Brazilian middle class during the Vargas era, Intimate Ironies; Soledad Loaeza’s Clases medias y política en México: La querella escolar; or Larissa Lomnitz and Ana Melnick’s Chile’s Middle Class: A Struggle for Survival in the Face of Neoliberalism. These studies find a necessary complement in Gilbert’s book on the Mexican experience after the economic crises of 1982 and 1994. Using interviews with middle-class Mexicans living in the city of Cuernavaca, Gilbert achieves insightful conclusions on this sector’s influential role behind the profound political and economic transformations of the country during the last 20 years, the period known as the neoliberal era.

According to Gilbert’s...

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