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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Diaz-Dominguez, Alejandro
Author's Email Address alejandrodiaz05@gmail.com
URN etd-03272014-172033
Title Mixed Messages: The Catholic Church and Mexico's Uneven Local Contexts
Degree PhD
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jonathan T. Hiskey Committee Chair
Elizabeth J. Zechmeister Committee Member
Geoffrey C. Layman Committee Member
Mitchell A. Seligson Committee Member
  • Church
  • Catholic
  • Mexico
  • Religion
  • Subnational
  • Bishop
Date of Defense 2014-03-18
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation has two primary goals. It first examines the ways in which subnational political and social change influences the local teachings of the Catholic Church, producing multiple, and mixed messages within a single country. Next it explores the potential impact these distinct messages may have on those who receive them, the parishioners. For the first task, I draw on work in theology and religion and politics in Latin America to develop a theory of how and why political context at the local level exercises an influence on local churches’ messages in Mexico across four main topics: politics, moral values, social issues, and the internal organization of the church. Then, I empirically test the impact of local politics on the Catholic Church messages, analyzing an original collection of bishops’ writings and preachings. Moving to my analysis of the impact of these mixed messages, working from research on political communication, I provide a theoretical mechanism of how local churches’ messages might influence parishioners’ attitudes, and I test an association between the teachings of the Church and attitudes of those who attend church on a regular basis using public opinion surveys.
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