Mexican society still shows traces of the racial and ethnic castesystem that was instituted by the Spanish during the colonial period.
This division is a remnant of the colonial Spanish castesystem, which categorized individuals according to their perceived level of biological mixture between these two groups.
This artist's rendering of the Spanish racial/ethnic castesystem imposed in Mexico during the colonial period illustrates the hierarchy from white Europeans to dark-skinned Native Americans or indigenous people.
Explain how racial relations in Mexico have been influenced by the colonial castesystem
Weber listed the following as preconditions for the emergence of bureaucracy: the growth in size and density of the population being administered, the growth in complexity of the administrative tasks being carried out, and the existence of a monetary economy requiring a more efficient administrative system.
This resulted in public demands for a new administrative system that treated all humans equally.
For Weber, the implementation of bureaucracies in government was a kind of rationalization, in which traditional motivators for behavior were cast aside.
Regarding Western societies, Weber called this increasing rationalization an "iron cage" that trapped individuals in systems based solely on efficiency, rational calculation, and control.
The criminal justice system is also structured to reflect differences in power and property, as white collar crime illustrates.
It may also be the case that it is difficult to collect such statistics, but that is also likely due to the fact that a system for tracking such crimes has not been put into place because such crimes are not seen as warranting the same amount of attention as exists for other types of crimes.
The process of re-casting one's past actions in light of a current identity is referred to as retrospective labeling.
A very clear example of retrospective labeling can be seen in how the perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were re-cast after the incident took place.