Organizing Dissent: Unions, the State, and the Democratic Teachers’ Movement in Mexico

Paperback | August 31, 2004

byMaria Lorena Cook

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Organizing Dissent examines the democratic movement that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s within Mexico's National Union of Education Workers, the largest union in Latin America. The size, perseverance, and success the movement stood out in a country whose governing regime was renowned for its ability to co-opt, control, and repress dissent.

Maria Lorena Cook analyzes the development of the teachers' movement from its origins in the 1970s through the economic crisis 0f the 1980s and into the early 1990s under the Salinas administration. She explores the evolving relationship among the union leadership, the state, and rank-and-file teachers, looks closely at organization dynamics and competing strategies within the movement, and compares the successes and failures of six regional contingents of the teachers' movement located in southern and central Mexico.

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Organizing Dissent examines the democratic movement that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s within Mexico's National Union of Education Workers, the largest union in Latin America. The size, perseverance, and success the movement stood out in a country whose governing regime was renowned for its ability to co-opt, control, and repress diss...

Maria Lorena Cook is Assistant Professor at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is co-editor of The Politics of Economic Restructuring: State-Society Relations and Regime Change in Mexico (1994).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.03 × 6.01 × 0.82 inPublished:August 31, 2004Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271025905

ISBN - 13:9780271025902

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables and Diagrams

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Acronyms

1. Introduction

2. Social Movements in Authoritarian Environments: A Political Process Approach

3. Conflict and Alliance in State-Union Relations

4. Emergence of the National Teachers' Movement: A Regional Comparison

5. Oaxaca and Chiapas: Dilemmas of Legality

6. Sustaining the Movement: Democracy as Survival Strategy

7. Resurgence of National Mobilization

8. Conclusion

Appendix A: SNTE Leaders, Education Ministers, and Interior Ministers, 1976–1994

Appendix B: Chronology of the Democratic Teachers' Movement

Bibliography

Index

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“Cook’s richly documented study of the Mexican teachers’ movement proposes answers to two key questions: how do social movements emerge in repressive contexts, and what factors enable them to survive in such an environment? Her book will be a milestone in linking social movement theory with the study of political change in non-liberal settings like Mexico.”

—Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University