Jaqueline Garza Placencia

Jaqueline Garza Placencia
Image Credit: © Jaqueline Garza Placencia

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: "An organized civic society created to monitor and defend human rights in the face of violence in Mexico, 2006-2012"

Email garzapj@hotmail.com

Since 09/2011

CONACYT scholarship for doctoral studies in Anthropology at CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social) in Mexico City, Mexico


Master's Degree in Communication of Science and Culture from ITESO (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente ) earned with a scholarship from CONACYT in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


Undergraduate Degree in Communication Sciences from UASLP (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí) in SLP, Mexico

Work experience


Research Associate of the project “Consultoría para un Plan de Desarrollo de Industrias Culturales Creativas de la República Dominicana”, Technical Directorate General, Dominican Ministry of Culture in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Professor of online courses for the Master in Communication and Educational Technology at ILCE (Latin American Institute of Educational Communication) in Mexico City, Mexico


Professor of undergraduate courses in communication and psychology. DESO (Department of Sociocultural Studies) at ITESO in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


Consultant Research Associate for the project “Modelo de divulgación para fortalecer la cultura científico-tecnológica en el Estado de Jalisco”. Sponsored by Science and Technology in the State of Jalisco; Master's Degree in Communication of Science and Culture at ITESO and the non-profit organization Mexican Society of Dissemination of Science and Technology in Jalisco, Mexico


Professor of undergraduate courses in Sociology. Department of Social Communication Studies, Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG) (Jalisco- Mexico)


Research assistant for the project “Medios de comunicación y Democracia” by Dr. Enrique E. Sánchez Ruiz. Department of Social Communication Studies, UdeG (Universidad de Guadalajara), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

“An organized civic society created to monitor and defend human rights in the face of violence in Mexico, 2006-2012”

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alberto Aziz Nassif (CIESAS)

Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s term was characterized by a prioritization of public safety over any other public policy. He declared a "war on organized crime" that resulted in granting government security the use of excessive force. This provoked a significant increase in victims of violent acts that has not been adequately addressed by the State.

Democratic contexts are characterized by a problem of representation due to corruption, unequal access to justice and weakening institutions. As a result, sectors of civic society have resorted to unconventional forms of political action. Rosanvallon (2007) argues that the steady increase of indirect exercises of sovereignty indicate the formation of a network of permanent vigilance of government activity. The network is maintained by citizens due to the erosion of their trust in institutional representatives. They express their distrust by organizing multiple mechanisms of control (denunciation and surveillance) and obstruction (mobilization and protest).

This project analyzes the strategies of control, obstruction and advocacy developed by groups of families of missing persons from 2006 to 2012 and MPJD (The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity), formed in 2011. MPJD began by connecting human rights organizations, religious organizations, artist collectives, alternative media and transnational advocacy networks with the relatives of violence victims. They strive to change the official discourse that considers the victims to be ‘collateral damage’ by giving visibility and demanding justice for the victims in a public space. This social movement mobilized the largest protest and proposed public policies for the care of victims during 2006-2012.

The victims’ relatives are central in the research analysis as a political category that identifies these family members that, linked by ties of kinship with the disappeared victims, have become a particular type of actor and activist. This activism does not arise by a pre-existing ideological belief, resistance or political interest, but rather as the consequence of their direct experience of injustice and personal loss (Pita, 2010).


PITA, MARÍA (2010) Formas de morir y formas de vivir. El activismo contra la violencia policía. CELS-Editores del Puerto, Buenos Aires.

ROSANVALLON, PIERRE (2007) La Contrademocracia. La política en la era de la desconfianza, Manantial, Buenos Aires.

Articles in journals

  • (2013), ‘Twitter: herramienta sociopolítica en México. Los usos potenciales de las tecnologías de información y comunicación‘, in: Sociedad Medios de Comunicación y globalización. Revista de la Dirección General de Población de Oaxaca, (36), p. 39-44.

  • (2009) et Al., ‘Necesidades y retos en la comunicación pública de la ciencia‘, in: Ciencia y Desarrollo. CONACYT, (35), p. 56-61.

  • (2005), with Orozco, Carlos Enrique, ‘Algunas cifras del aprendizaje informal en México‘, in: Sinéctica. ITESO, (26), p. 130-132.              

Articles in Anthologies

  • (2007), ‘Participación ciudadana en la producción de comunicación audiovisual: los usos socioculturales del video‘, in: Antología de ponencias del XXVI Congreso Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología (ALAS). Universidad de Guadalajara: Guadalajara, Jalisco.

  • (2007), ‘Organización y participación ciudadana en la producción alternativa de comunicación audiovisual: el proyecto Canalseisdejulio‘, in: Memorias del XIX Congreso AMIC, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco: Villahermosa, Tabasco.

Book chapter

  • (2012) et Al., ‘El contexto sociocultural como punto de partida: claves para un modelo de comunicación pública de la ciencia‘, in: Susana Herrera and Carlos Enrique Orozco (eds.) De la academia al espacio público. Comunicar ciencia en México. México, ITESO, p. 251-278.