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Author Trejo, Guillermo.

Title Popular movements in autocracies : religion, repression, and indigenous collective action in Mexico / Guillermo Trejo
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 307 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents A theory of popular collection action in autocracies -- Accounting for Mexico's cycle of indigenous protest -- Competing for souls : why the Catholic Church became a major promoter of indigenous mobilization -- Competing for votes : why electoral competition shaped Mexico's cycle of indigenous protext -- A call to arms : regime reversion threats and the escalation of protest into rebellion -- From social movement to armed rebellion : religious networks and the microdynamics of rebel recruitment -- Publicizing ethnicity : the breakdown of religious and political hegemonies and the rise of indigenous identities -- The twilight of ethnicity : democratization as an elite strategy to avert Mexico's indigenous insurgency
Summary " ... presents a new explanation of the rise, development and demise of social movements and cycles of protest in autocracies; the conditions under which protest becomes rebellion; and the impact of protest and rebellion on democratization. Focusing on poor indigenous villages in Mexico's authoritarian regime, the book shows that the spread of U.S. Protestant missionaries and the competition for indigenous souls motivated the Catholic Church to become a major promoter of indigenous movements for land redistribution and indigenous rights. The book explains why the outbreak of local rebellions, the transformation of indigenous claims for land into demands for ethnic autonomy and self-determination and the threat of a generalized social uprising motivated national elites to democratize. Drawing on an original dataset of indigenous collective action and on extensive fieldwork, the empirical analysis of the book combines quantitative evidence with case studies and life histories."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Democratization -- Mexico.
Indians of Mexico.
Land reform -- Mexico.
Social movements -- Mexico
Indians of Mexico.
Land reform.
Social movements.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139043250