Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 1968-2000

ISBN-10: 0271037881

ISBN-13: 9780271037882

Edition: 2011

Authors: Dolores Trevizo
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Description: When the PRI fell from power in the elections of 2000, scholars looked for an explanation. Some focused on international pressures, while others pointed to recent electoral reforms. In contrast, Dolores Trevizo argues that a more complete explanation takes much earlier democratizing changes in civil society into account. Her book explores how largely rural protest movements laid the groundwork for liberalization of the electoral arena and the consolidation of support for two opposition parties, the PAN on the right and the PRD on the left, that eventually mounted a serious challenge to the PRI. She shows how youth radicalized by the 1968 showdown between the state and students in Mexico City joined forces with peasant militants in nonviolent rural protest to help bring about needed reform in the political system. In response to this political effervescence in the countryside, agribusinessmen organized in peak associations that functioned like a radical social movement. Their countermovement formulated the ideology of neoliberalism, and they were ultimately successful in mobilizing support for the PAN. Together, social movements and the opposition parties nurtured by them contributed to Mexico's transformation from a one-party state into a real electoral democracy nearly a hundred years after the Revolution.

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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.73" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Born in Daresbury, England,in 1832, Charles Luthwidge Dodgson is better known by his pen mane of Lewis Carroll. He became a minister of the Church of England and a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was the author, under his own name, of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants (1867), Symbolic Logic (1896), and other scholarly treatises which would hardly have given him a place in English literature. Charles Dodgson might have been completely forgotten but for the work of his alter ego, Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll, shy in the company of adults, loved children and knew and understood the world of the imagination in which the most sensitive of them lived. So he put the little girl Alice Liddell into a dream-story and found himself famous as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865). Through the Looking Glass followed in 1871. In recent years Carroll has been taken quite seriously as a major literary artist for adults as well. His works have come under the scrutiny of critics who have explained his permanent attractiveness in terms of existential and symbolic drama: The Alice books dramatize psychological realities in symbolic terms, being commentary on the nature of the human predicament rather than escape from it. In addition to his writing, Carroll was also a pioneering photographer, and he took many pictures of young children, especially girls, with whom he seemed to empathize.Dolores Trevizo is Professor of Sociology at Occidental College.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Rural Roots of Mexico's Nascent Democracy: The Role of Peasants and Agrarian Capitalists in Opposition Politics
Social Movements and Democratization
The "Banner of 1968": The Student Movement's Democratizing Effects
State Repression and the Dispersal of Radicals into Mexico's Countryside, 1970-1975
Capitalists on the Road to Political Power in Mexico: Class Struggle, Neopanismo, and the Birth of Democracy
The Rural Sources of the PRD's Electoral Resiliency
Conclusion: The Post-1968 Struggle for Democracy in Rural Mexico
Appendixes
References
Index
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