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Economic and Social Impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Nelson, Becky Melinda
This study was conducted to provide new knowledge on the impacts of globalization on the subsistence producer, household, and community. This was achieved specifically through an evaluation ofNAFTA's impacts on five rural villages in the state of Tlaxcala, Mex.ico. Tlaxcala was chosen due to its relatively high level of .industrial activity resulting from its proximity to the large consumer market of Mexico City and the seaport of Veracruz. This combined with its widespread, predominantly peasant agricultural base provide the perfect background against which to analyze the effects of globalization upon the interaction of the subsistence producer with the wider economy