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Human rights activism in Mexico City – A case study on young people’s strategies for enacting citizenship
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the strategies used by young people in Mexico City to exercise civic participation in the form of human rights activism. Mexican society is currently markedby an increased amount of human rights violations, together with high levels of corruption, violence and severe flaws within the democratic system. To claim and stand up for human rights in this context is not onlydifficult but also dangerous, which is a pattern that recurs in many context throughout the globe. The young activists who were interviewed share the experience of having attended the same human rights education, where human rights are taught through critical pedagogy. They manifest a perspective where human rights have to be enacted in all spheres of society, including interpersonal relationships. Human rights ideals also seem to represent something similar to an ideology that, when understood correctly, entails a transformative potential. The experience of undertaking human rights education formed new networks and bonds in civil society, as well as personal reflections on their own position in their surrounding. Although recognizing the importance of relating to the parliamentary structure and public institutions, the activists seem sceptical towards achieving human rights progress through that arena due to the large political and financial corruption. Instead, the result of this study highlights other strategies for exercising civic participation and defending human rights in Mexico, such as the creation and participation in autonomous, democratic structures within in the civil society and social movements, as well as actions executed within informal relationships and spheres.

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2018. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
Human Rights Education, Social Movements, Civic Participation, Mexico, Critical Pedagogy
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7156DiVA, id: diva2:1268430
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Socionomprogrammet 210 hp
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-05 Last updated: 2018-12-06Bibliographically approved

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