This thesis outlines the history of Mexico with
particular reference to the economic conditions prevailing
in the rural areas. The results are presented here of a
village study which was carried out in Central Mexico;
particular emphasis has been placed on the technologies
used and the human and other factors associated with them.
A co-operative in the village is compared with other forms
of co-operative organization found in Mexico, or else¬
where, and common features identified. Some of the factors
which affect innovation in the village are described and
possible explanations for the existence of limiting factors
The concluding discussion draws together features
of the villagers' behaviour and argues that their rational!
has a proven survival value and that their caution when
confronted with pressures to change is well justified.
The thesis concludes by tentatively extending the findings
beyond the boundaries of this particular village and
suggests how they may have a wider significance.