Citizens’ Social Construction of Sustainable Development in Mexico

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Medardo Tapia Uribe


This research study examines the discussion and solution of environmental problems taken on by students, citizens, and government in northwest Morelos, a state near Mexico City. Public discussion of environmental problems in three local newspapers between 2000 and 2004, in-depth interviews with the main actors involved, and survey results of a probabilistic sample of citizens and lower- and upper-secondary students are examined. The results describe students’ perception of environmental problems and how debate arises, evolves, and is solved, as well as how citizens, the government, and students contribute to constructing citizenship, the environment, and democracy.

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Medardo Tapia Uribe, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Researcher, Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research.