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Neo-Gramscian IPE theorizing ‘southern’ transborder civic activism : empirical evidence informing theory? : paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006

Conference paper
Authors Rosalba Icaza Garza
Published in International Studies Association. Annual meeting. (2006 : San Diego, California)
Publication year 2006
Published at Department of Romance Languages, Centre for Ibero-American Studies
Language en
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


This paper (re)examines theory in the light of two empirical cases of Transborder Civic Activism (TCA) in Mexico. As such, it gives a careful attention to the unfolding interactions between structural forces and agency interventions as key sources of social change. In particular, the paper examines how neo-Gramscian traditions look at the transborder agency of Southern civil society actors in the making and re-making of regional orders. It notices that these traditions either emphasize that: a) agency is conditioned by powerful structures; or b) that agency is making up these structures. While not rejecting this altogether but attempting to go further, this paper advances a critique of both emphases on agency and some alternatives by looking at empirical examples of transborder civic activism unfolding in the South.

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