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date: 18 January 2022

The Public Sphere in Mexico since the Mid-20th Centurylocked

The Public Sphere in Mexico since the Mid-20th Centurylocked

  • Vanessa FreijeVanessa FreijeHenry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington


At midcentury, the expansion of a middle class, rapid urbanization, and rising literacy rates transformed Mexico’s public sphere. Available reading material and access to television expanded significantly, fostering the creation of new publics across the country. Civic associations and cultural centers also offered spaces of sociability where civil society contested the prevailing political culture. The 1960s and 1970s further witnessed mounting public protests, popular movements, and guerrilla warfare. During these decades, print media gradually voiced greater criticism of the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), and regional journalists were often the most confrontational. In the decades since, the issues and voices represented by media have diversified, while journalists have also faced increased insecurity and violence.


  • History of Mexico
  • 1945–1991
  • Cultural History

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