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Title:Unity, diversity, and resistance: The fight for maíz criollo in southern México
Author(s):Rosen, Jenica
Advisor(s):de Mejia, Elvira G.
Department / Program:Latin American & Carib Studies
Discipline:Latin American Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
transgenic corn
Genetically modified (GM) maize
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
social movements
small farmers
Abstract:México is the world’s point of origin for corn, with thousands of different varieties all sprouting from one common ancestor, teosinte. It is due to this culturally rich and biologically diverse history of corn in México that the GM maize debates of the region are of particular relevance. This thesis aims to serve as a well-rounded presentation of the social resistance against transgenic corn and the fight for maíz criollo occurring in southern México today. In chapter two I discuss México’s history of corn modernization and the affiliated social movements that have grown in opposition as a response. The chapter contextualizes the current movement, as well as highlights the recycled rhetoric and lackluster results which we continue to see today with transgenic corn. In chapter three I discuss the main arguing points given by the proponents of transgenic crop use in developing countries. In illustrating their arguments, this chapter seeks to demonstrate who movement participants are up against, what their arguments are, and how they are framed. After the contextualization of the movement in the previous two chapters, chapter four discusses the current movement and the arguments of growing greater support for maíz criollo in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México. The chapter draws heavily from my own qualitative research, as well as from a variety of literature. This thesis ultimately uncovers two crucial points: 1) the misunderstanding of social movements as being conceptually homogenous, when in fact they are extremely heterogeneous, and 2) the depth of disconnection which lies between proponents and opponents of transgenic corn use in México. I argue that by responsibly putting these findings into practice, more people may be able to work together toward the mutually respectful and foreseen successes that the region purportedly seeks to create otherwise.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Jenica M. Rosen
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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