Issue 10, August 2009
Mexico shares a great deal with its Latin American counterparts in sociocultural matters. The region shares a colonial legacy, and many countries share a common language, religion, and heritage. Mexico shares many modern trends with its southern neighbors such as migration, battles over the marginalization of indigenous populations, and urbanization. Many of the problems that are associated with the explosion of Mexico City can also be seen in other megacities in Latin America, including Sao Paolo, Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Bogata, and Caracas. These include the juxtaposition of massive poverty and extreme wealth, poor infrastructure and service provision, and organized crime activities. Latin American societies as a whole tend to lag behind on gender equality measures as well.