Political Culture and Political Formation of Activist Students in Mexico: The Path of Dissent

By Elí Orlando Lozano González.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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Mexico is a country that requires the consolidation of democracy. Participation and engagement of all citizens are necessary to do it, including college students. This research seeks to understand how some students become political activists while they play their role as students of a university and also citizens in the country; therefore, their paths as political activists are reconstructed. Political culture and the processes of political formation of the students are studied. A qualitative methodology is used, based on narrative interviews. Results point to a group of students whose main characteristic is dissidence and rebellion against the government, and the political and economic system. Its main activities are demand and protest, seeking new alternatives other than institutional participation, emphasizing the worker and peasant struggle. Each case is different, but in general the family, school, peer group, music, and unfavorable socio-economic context are the elements that stand in their political formation. Despite being few the student that are activists in relation to all university students, their actions are obvious and constant, hence the importance of the study.

Keywords: Political Culture, Political Formation, Activist Students

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.21-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 23, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 430.749KB)).

Dr. Elí Orlando Lozano González

Professor and Researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of México), Ciudad de México, Mexico