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This book explores the process of popular mobilization in contemporary Mexico through the experience of the country's most important organization--the teachers' movement. It creates a distinctive perspective on Mexican politics and makes an original contribution to the study of popular, or "social" movements, providing a richly detailed account of its organization, leadership, strategic choices, and factional divisions. But it also links the trajectory of the movement to the shifting legal and institutional terrain that composes its political environment, so revealing how it is shaped by, and how it shapes the political system. Through its innovative methods, which produce an unusual and compelling blend of fact and theory, the book uncovers the motivations and mechanisms of popular mobilization, as well as explaining its interactions with national politics in Mexico and beyond.
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"A major strength of 'Popular Mobilization in Mexico' is found in the sections dealing with the relationships among the CNTE, the SNTE, the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), and the Mexican state. Foweraker's focus on Chiapas is another strength, for as he notes, that state 'was the pioneer of political mobilization by teachers nationwide.'" Paul Haber, Latin American Research Review
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- Date Published: June 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521523349
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Glossary of acronyms
Introduction: the character and context of popular mobilization in contemporary Mexico
Part I. Popular Movement and Syndical Struggle:
1. Teachers as political actors
2. The original impetus
3. The institutional terrain
Part II. Inside the Movement in Chiapas:
4. Leadership and grass roots
5. Strategic choices
6. Factional strife
Part III. National Mobilization and System Responses:
7. Regional movements
8. Institutional controls
9. Popular strategies
Part IV. Popular Movements and Political Change:
10. Institutional linkage
11. The political system
12. The political meaning of popular movements
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