Tilly Chapter 6 post

I do not necessarily believe that social movements are “necessary” step toward the democratization process, as Charles Tilly claims in Chapter 6 of Social Movements, 1768-2004. What I do believe to be necessary, which may be considered an element of social movements, is the right to protest and show public displays of disapproval of the government or government policies. This may be more of an effect rather than a cause of the democratization process but I believe it to be necessary nonetheless.  I do not have a vast knowledge of the historical democratization process and don’t have examples to pull from that prove this claim but it makes logical sense that the democratization process takes many shapes and forms. Granted, social movements have catalyzed democratic processes throughout the history of the world but that does not mean that it is necessary to democracy. It may be an outcome, it may occur simultaneously, or it may not occur at all. The history of Mexico shows us that it was not social movements that brought about its independence or democracy but rather warring liberal and conservative factions. These factions had opposing political views and battled for supremacy during the post-independence age in Mexico.  After a period of turmoil and then the Mexican-American War, Mexico drafted a democratic constitution in 1857. There was no evidence of social movements, as defined by Tilly, in the formation of a democratic mexico.

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