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An Empty Zocalo: Democratization's Effect on Mobilization for Zapatismo

Schwartz, Cassilde L. (2009) An Empty Zocalo: Democratization's Effect on Mobilization for Zapatismo. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Since the Zapatistas emerged on the national scene on January 1, 1994, they have been dependent on civil society's support to implement an agenda based on democracy and indigenous rights and to protect them from the Mexican military. Without massive mobilization from civil society, the Zapatista Movement has no influence in Mexican politics. Over the course of the movement, there have been periods in which this mobilization has been very high and effective and others in which it has been minimal to nonexistent. This paper seeks to find a variable that has consistently driven these changes in mobilization throughout the movement. The paper argues that Mexican civil society's changing perceptions of democracy between 1994 and 2006 is the independent variable driving mobilization. This is shown by tracing the fluctuations in both satisfaction with democracy in Mexico and fluctuations in mobilization.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schwartz, Cassilde
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee Chairde la Fuente, Alejandrofuente2@pitt.eduFUENTE2
Committee MemberPerez-Linan, Anibalasp27@pitt.eduASP27
Committee MemberMarkoff, Johnjm2@pitt.eduJM2
Committee MemberMattiace,
Date: 5 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 April 2009
Approval Date: 5 June 2009
Submission Date: 23 April 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chiapas; EZLN; Mexico; Mobilization; Social Movements; Zapatismo; Civil Society; Democratization
Other ID:, etd-04232009-222136
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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