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SILVA JUNIOR, José Antonio Ferreira da. Intellectuals and the Democratic Transition in Mexico: Globalization and Modernization as Discourses (1988-2000). Secuencia [online]. 2021, n.109, e1797.  Epub Mar 05, 2021. ISSN 2395-8464.

This article seeks to analyze debates and intellectual discussions in the context of neoliberal reforms between the 1980s and 1990s in Mexico. The central argument is that globalization also acted in the cultural and symbolic sphere through discourses that took place in the press, where Mexican intellectuals debated the transformations of their present. The analysis of the cultural journals published during this period reveals a wide diversity of positions taken by intellectuals to interpret and signify these processes, using arguments and ideas to debate and construct explanations of this situation. Issues such as globalization, democracy and “modernization” are analyzed here in greater detail, showing how intellectuals mobilized concepts to justify and substantiate their arguments. Drawing inspiration from political and intellectual history, I attempt to show how these discursive operations relate to the political context of the democratic transition process in Mexico.

Keywords : intellectuals; intellectual history; transition; cultural journals; globalization.

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