The Case of Self-Defense Groups in Michoacan, Mexico

Location: Jepson 120
Date: Sat, April 27
Time: 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

This proposed study investigates self-defense groups in Michoacan Mexico. In this study, I present literature related to self-defense groups. Self-defense groups have been examined in the contexts of inequality and weak institutions.


My research proposal consists of investigating Self-Defense Groups (SDGs) in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. I am interested to focus the proposed study in the municipality of Tancitaro Michoacan, Mexico. Self-defense groups are groups of ordinary people who have unified, armed themselves, and taken the responsibility of providing security measures to protect their local communities from organized criminal gangs. The purpose of this qualitative case study is to investigate self-defense groups in the municipality of Tancitaro, Michoacan, Mexico. In this proposed study, I intent to address the following questions concerning self-defense groups: What explains the emergence and formation of self-defense groups in Michoacan, Mexico? How individuals have reacted in communities that have been eroded by the presence of criminal organizations and where institutions have failed them? What is the current status of SDGs in Michoacan? How are these groups described? What is the legitimization of SDGs in Michoacan? Why people form and participate in self-defense groups? How and when these groups were formed? What are self-defense groups? How do members of SDGs participate? What do they do? What inspires people to be part of SDGs? How SDGs have changed communities?

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