How Upper-Class Mexicans Normalize Corruption

Ms. Shinoka Suzuki
Language
English
Abstract

It is known that corruption diminishes the trustfulness towards the nation or the organization. Furthermore, corruption promotes inequality, insecurity, and other serious problems. However, it does still exist in the world and causes many related problems.
Especially in Mexico, corruption is one of the severe problems. A bunch of cases regarding corruption among executive, legislative and judicial powers has ever been reported.
This corruptive situation seems to affect Mexican daily life. Especially, it seems that Mexicans normalize corruption and sometimes are involved in it subconsciously, even upper-class Mexicans who are supposed to have more information about corruption because of the education they received are still in a part of the issue.
To illustrate this out, the research question this paper investigates is posed: how Mexican in San Pedro Garza García accept and normalize corruption, and how they reflect it in their daily life.
San Pedro Garza García is an area in Monterrey, the third largest and industrialized city in Mexico. Then, this area is famous for being one of the most affluent areas in Latin America. Hence, by narrowing down the research field to San Pedro Garza García, it is smoother to investigate upper-class Mexicans. The reason why it focuses on upper-class Mexicans is that the class has a more impact on Mexican society, economy, politics.
As methodologies, this research uses triangulation. To be more specific, firstly, surveys are done to analyze the perception of everyday acts related to corruption. Secondly, interviews and focus groups are used to obtain opinions they have towards corruption. Moreover, observation might be used to gather information without bias since it must be taken into consideration that interviewers might not answer questions honestly.
This research is valuable because it provides us the background to deal with the small daily acts that are eventually led to corruption, and later develop tools to fix it up.
In short, the purpose of this paper is to find out how upper-class Mexicans normalize corruption and reflect it in daily life.