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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2005

SOC 395D • 5-Politics and Culture of Contemporary Mexico

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45800 W
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
srh 3.102

Course Description

The course will be an "anteroom" to the presidential elections of July 2006, introducing students to the contemporary Mexican political system and focusing primarily upon the ways in which political change is recasting the political and civic culture of contemporary Mexico. The current and polemic debate of democratization will be emphasized. After an overview of the political and economic backdrop of the 20th century, the course will explore the intersection between economics and political opening, and the impact of Free Trade Agreement and globalization. In order to assess the profound changes that are underway in Mexico's political and civic cultures, several major arenas of political life will be analyzed: the three principal branches of federal government; the so-called Fourth Estate of the media; and the emergence of the political party system. In addition, various other lenses will be used to shed light on these changing cultures: namely, the bi-national relationship post-September 11 2001, and the growing transnational family linkages with Mexican and Mexican origin households in the US; the shifting nature of social and community mobilization - including radical groups  and how these impact upon class and political identity and citizenship; and changing gender relations and equity of opportunity for women relative to men. The course will give special attention to how these issues impact upon the United States and vice versa.


  • Camp, Roderic A. 2002 (4th Edition). Politics in Mexico. Oxford University Press.
  • Luis Rubio. Ed. 2004. Mexico under Fox. Lynne Rienner Pub.


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