Mexico, the Construction of Enemies through Social Protest: Some Reflections

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Abstract

© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. The goal of this reflection is to develop an explanation about how social actors who express their discontent in street protests have come to be considered enemies of the rule of law and social stability, thereby justifying the repressive measures that state authorities take against them. This dynamic traces its legitimacy to the existence of a social representation of crime that elicits thoughts of danger and fear for a variety of social groups. In the context of this reflection, we will analyze the social protest of 1 December 2012 that took place in Mexico City on the occasion of the presidential inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)661-677
Number of pages593
JournalCritical Sociology
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

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