Mexican Culture

Other Considerations

  • Foreigners commonly envision Mexico as an underdeveloped, economically impoverished country. Some global measurements and social indicators can suggest this. For example, the minimum wage in 2017 was 88 pesos per day (roughly $6 AUD). Nevertheless, the country is technically considered a “developed” nation (according to the OECD) as it has one of the largest economies in the world. Ultimately, the perception of its modernisation (or lack thereof) varies depending on which social factor one is concentrating on, or where one is.
  • Mexico is already very under-resourced trying to support its own people. Therefore, social attitudes are often quite negative towards immigrants. People often justify this view with the argument that it’s important to look after the problems facing Mexican people first, as there are so many in poverty. Therefore, immigrants are often the lowest, most vulnerable members of society, living amongst the urban poor. 
  • It is common for Mexican men to make comments (pipiros) on women’s beauty when they see them – for example, calling them ‘princess’ or ‘gorgeous’. This is not necessarily a sexual advance and is common across all ages. For example, it is normal to see a man offer a very kind compliment about his grandmother’s looks every time he sees her. Nevertheless, the acceptability of these comments vary depending on the person. Often Mexican women simply ignore it.
  • Mexican folk songs are very popular. There are many genres of traditional music, such as banda, norteño and ranchera, which each have their own styles. For example, ‘corridos’ are poetic songs that recount stories of poverty, politics and crime (e.g. narcocorridos tell tales of drug cartel kingpins). 
  • Soccer (fútbol) is Mexico's most popular sport; the national team has competed in several World Cups. Professional wrestling (la lucha) also has a large following.

 

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1 Gillespie, 2017
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