Legal Mobilization without Resources? How Civil Society Organizations Generate and Share Alternative Resources in Vulnerable Communities
Mark Aspinwall, Profesor Investigador Titular de la División de Estudios Internacionales del CIDE, escribió el artículo Legal Mobilization without Resources? How Civil Society Organizations Generate and Share Alternative Resources in Vulnerable Communities en el Journal of Law and Society.
Scholars often assume that social movements and civil society organizations can draw on deep wells of traditional resources, such as money and lawyers, to finance legal mobilization. However, resource mobilization is rarely so straightforward in developing countries such as Mexico. I show how under-resourced civil society organizations create and mobilize alternative resources which they share with marginalized communities, increasing those communities’ access to environmental justice. This occurs in developed countries too, but where money is scarcer, alternative non-material resources are more important. The findings contribute to debates on social movement resource mobilization and on legal mobilization in defence of vulnerable communities facing development pressures from extractive and other industries. The article also provides a fine-grained analysis of how environmental movements act on the ground, focusing on Mexico as an important case of environmental mobilization in a context of poorly resourced and vulnerable communities.