In 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderón started a “war” against criminal groups that led to the murder and disappearance of hundreds of thousands of people. In response, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity was formed by the victims’ relatives and allied activists in 2011, giving rise to various forms of political contention to demand justice and halt the so-called war. I analyze the biographical outcomes of this type of involvement in social movements. My argument is that the participants’ lives have been affected in three main ways: a reconfiguration of their sociability networks, the development of know-how and expertise, and a renegotiation of their worldviews that has turned political contention into a crucial feature of self. Following recent calls, this research provides evidence to deepen our theoretical and empirical understanding of the effects of socialization within and by social movements and of the consolidation of biographical outcomes through cognitive-relational processes.
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ARTICLES| March 22 2023
“SUCH A RADICAL ESSENCE”: POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AMONG VICTIMS’ RELATIVES IN THE MEXICAN WAR ON DRUGS AND CRIME*
Johan Gordillo-García †
* This research was supported by funding from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). I am grateful to Hugo Gorringe, Jonathan Hearn, Tod Van Gunten, and Nick Crossley for their insightful comments on previous versions of this article. Likewise, the anonymous reviewers’ feedback was critical to improving my work. I also thank Hank Johnston for his significant suggestions and Neal Caren for the idea that led to the title. Finally, I thank Paulina Olvera and Manuel Perez Aguirre for being always open to discussing my ideas and providing me with moral support.
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Mobilization: An International Quarterly (2023) 28 (1): 41–60.
Johan Gordillo-García; “SUCH A RADICAL ESSENCE”: POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AMONG VICTIMS’ RELATIVES IN THE MEXICAN WAR ON DRUGS AND CRIME*. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 March 2023; 28 (1): 41–60. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671X-28-1-41
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