Master thesis - Conversion therapy policy in Ciudad de México

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Mackenzie Morgan Bonasena
The research question to be answered in this thesis is: How is conversion therapy politically represented in CDMX, and how will the representation affect the cultural attitude towards LGBT+-people in Mexico? The ontological standpoint is constructivism which has dictated the choice of theory. The theories used are the co-optation theory by De Jong and Kimm (2017) and the theory of the black box by David Easton (1957). The methodology used is the critical discourse analysis used to analyze the policy reform of article 206 from the penal code of CDMX. The policy got approved on July 24th, 2020. The analysis strategy is developed based on the WPR-model by Carol Bacchi (2009) and the theoretical model of the political system, the black-box model, by David Easton. This thesis concludes that the policy indicates a struggle between an international push for neoliberal LGBT+-friendly policies and a conservative religiously driven pushback against LGBT+-friendly policies. It can also be concluded that although the policy does not completely ban “conversion therapy,” it can be considered a success for LGBT+-people’s rights and a step in the right direction.
Publication date31 May 2022
Number of pages69
ID: 471738887