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The Catholic Church and the 2018 wave of protests in Nicaragua

Cabrales Domínguez, Sergio (2020) The Catholic Church and the 2018 wave of protests in Nicaragua. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Between April and September 2018, the repression towards a Wave of more than 2,000 protests in Nicaragua installed an authoritarian regime but also created a national social movement that demands democracy restoration. Keeping a tradition of political involvement, the Catholic Church in the country mobilized its religious assets to catalyze or hinder political outcomes at this critical juncture. In a spiral of involvement, it appeared as an institution and community that mobilized along with other social actors in the events of the first protests. The Church also behaved as “Movement’s Midwife,” by enabling, certifying, protecting, and giving leaders to the emerging movement. After the wave, it also adapted its supporting strategies while was paying the material and human consequences of its participation with protesters.
With data gathered from different techniques (an original database on protests, secondary sources, interview with stakeholders, revision of Bishops’ documents (2006-2018), and simple regression analysis), this thesis answers: What role has the Catholic Church played in the development and outcomes of the 2018 wave of protests in Nicaragua? The Political Process theory (McAdam, Tarrow, & Tilly, 2001; Tilly & Tarrow, 2015) and insights from studies on religion and social movements (Leffel, 2007; Smith, 2014), illuminated the findings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cabrales Domínguez,
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNelson,
Committee MemberThemudo,
Committee MemberFarrell,
Date: 25 June 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 April 2020
Approval Date: 25 June 2020
Submission Date: 23 April 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 117
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nicaragua, Catholic Church, protests, social movements, democracy
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 14:04
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 14:04


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