By Michael Snodgrass

the 1st finished historical past of labour kin and the operating classification in twentieth-century Monterrey, Deference and Defiance explores how either employees and industrialists perceived, answered to and contributed to shaping the end result of Mexico's revolution. Snodgrass's narrative covers a sixty-year interval that starts off with Monterrey's emergence as one in all Latin-America's pre-eminent commercial towns. He then explores the roots of 2 designated and enduring platforms of business family members that have been either ancient results of the revolution: corporation paternalism and militant unionism. by means of evaluating 4 neighborhood industries - metal, beer, glass and smelting - Snodgrass demonstrates how staff and bosses collaborated within the improvement of paternalistic labour regimes that equipped upon working-class traditions of mutual reduction in addition to elite resistance to kingdom labour rules. Deference and Defiance in Monterrey therefore deals an city and commercial point of view to a heritage of progressive Mexico that is still overshadowed by means of reports of the countryside.

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