What happens to insurgent social movements that emerge during a democratic transition but fail to achieve their goals? How influential are they? Are they able to survive their initial mobilizing boom? To answer these questions, María Inclán looks at Mexico's Zapatista movement, whose emergence she argues was caught between "sliding doors" of opportunity. The Zapatistas were able to mobilize sympathy and support for the indigenous agenda inside and outside of the country, yet failed to achieve their goals vis-à-vis the Mexican state. Nevertheless, the movement has survived and sustained its autonomy despite lacking legal recognition.
María Inclán is Associate Professor of Political Science at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. Her areas of research are social movements and democratization processes, in particular: (1) the fate of social movements within democratic transitions, (2) individual triggers of protest participation, and (3) social movements discourse framing. She comes to Princeton to present her book titled The Zapatista Movement and Mexico’s Democratic Transition, published by Oxford University Press.
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