Emotions in Inter-Action in Environmental Resistances. The case of Comité Salvabosque in Mexico

Tipo: artículo

Año: 2017

Autor: Alice Poma y Tommaso Gravante

Resumen: The article analyzes the role of emotions in the experience of a grassroots Mexican group, that is defending an urban forest threated by residential developments. The resistance of this group, started in 2005, is marked by significant place attachment, which has been nurtured and enhanced all along the struggle. The aim of the article is to understand how place attachment is strengthened in urban contexts and why it is a core affective bond for defending the territory. Our hypothesis is that it is a dynamic and mobilizing bond, and its relevance resides in the emotions it generates, which in turn have different effects on the protest. In order to confirm our hypothesis we have analyzed the emotional dimension of the resistances in defense of the forest, through in-depth interviews. The analysis will specifically focus on emotions that strengthen and go together with place attachment.

Emotions and Empowerment in Collective Action: The Experience of a Women’s Collective in Oaxaca, Mexico, 2006–2017.

Tipo: artículo

Año: 2017

Autor: Alice Poma y Tommaso Gravante

Resumen: In 2006, in the city of Oaxaca in Mexico, the protests of the local section of the teachers’ union (Section XXII-CNTE) turned in a few days to a popular insurrection, which was characterised by the strong participation of women, a group historically excluded and marginalised in Mexican and Oaxaca social and political life. This article analyses the process of empowerment of a group of women who participated in the insurgency and then decided to self-organise as a collective: Mujer Nueva (New Woman). The aim of this article is to contribute to a better understanding of empowerment as a dynamic process and a biographical consequence of protest and activism by analysing the role of different emotions in it.

 


Laboratorio Interinstitucional del Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales  y del Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades
de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales