Legacies of Resistance: Mobilization Against Organized Crime in Mexico

Journal Article (Journal Article)

What are the legacies of armed resistance? Why do some communities engage in armed mobilization in response to violence, disorder, and insecurity, while others under very similar conditions do not? Focusing on mobilization against organized crime in contemporary Mexico, we argue that historical experiences of armed resistance can have lasting effects on local preferences, networks, and capacities, which can facilitate armed collective action under conditions of rampant insecurity in the long run. Empirically, we study the Cristero rebellion in the early 20th century and grassroots anti-crime mobilization in Mexico during recent years. Using an instrumental variables approach, we show that communities that pushed back against state incursions almost a century earlier were more likely to rise up against organized crime in contemporary times.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Osorio, J; Schubiger, LI; Weintraub, M

Published Date

  • August 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1565 - 1596

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3829

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-4140

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0010414021989761

Citation Source

  • Scopus