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Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Lopez, A. Ricardo, 1974-

Second Advisor

Kennedy, Kathleen, 1963-

Third Advisor

Leonard, Kevin Allen, 1964-


Utilizing documents from student organizations including strike committees, the National Center For Democratic Students, and the writings of young activists, official commentary, and press releases, this study provides a detailed examination of the student movement in Mexico during the 1960s. Within the historiography of the student youth movement studies tend to focus exclusively on 1968 and the movement's position within the global counterculture. The product of this history is the proliferation of a homogenous understanding of the concerns mobilizing youth activists. This study however, attempts to advance previous historiography by expanding the scope of the student movement to include more broadly the 1960s. This allows for a greater understanding of the forces that radicalized students, illustrating that student activism was driven by educational, economic, social, and political concerns, including access to jobs and social mobility, demands for social welfare, and the creation of more equitable and democratic society. This gained understanding further challenges histories centered on delineating the movement as purely cultural or purely a political movement. Rather, when examining the diverse concerns radicalizing students, this study illustrates the interconnection between both political and cultural characteristics of youth activism.




Western Washington University

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Student movements--Mexico--History--20th century; College students--Political activity--Mexico--History--20th century; Social movements--Mexico--History--20th century; Mexico--Social conditions--History--20th century

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