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Performing resistance: Teachers, social movement, and memory in Oaxaca, Mexico

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From May to December 2006, over a million citizens participated in a popular rebellion against the state and federal government in Oaxaca, Mexico. Teachers in Oaxaca’s radicalized union led the widespread campaign of civil disobedience, drawing on thirty years of experience organizing strikes, marches, and other acts of resistance. The rebellion, which ultimately failed, grew increasingly violent over this eight-month period, leading to hundreds of arrests, dozens of deaths, and self-reports of torture and disappearance. While in 2006 the teachers provided the leadership and strategy of the popular rebellion, today many citizens reject the teachers’ leadership in the face of the failed 2006 campaign.

Using theories from the performance studies field, this paper draws on data from a four-week ethnographic study conducted in August 2010 to present the Oaxaca rebellion as a case-study of how teachers lead and participate in social movements. The paper first interrogates the unique teacher identity in Oaxaca-- one grounded in decades of organized union resistance against the Mexican government-- and then examines the extensive socialization new teachers receive to become members of this powerful syndicate. This paper also reveals how teachers use a variety of performances in the public sphere – mostly in Oaxaca’s main plaza, a center of social and economic activity – to sustain a favorable narrative of the rebellion and the union’s role leading it. The paper concludes that, through their extensive experiences “performing resistance,” teachers in Oaxaca possess great capacities for dramatizing social conflict and mobilizing social movement.

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Bracho, Christian. "Performing resistance: Teachers, social movement, and memory in Oaxaca, Mexico" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492922_index.html>

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Bracho, C. "Performing resistance: Teachers, social movement, and memory in Oaxaca, Mexico" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492922_index.html

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Abstract: From May to December 2006, over a million citizens participated in a popular rebellion against the state and federal government in Oaxaca, Mexico. Teachers in Oaxaca’s radicalized union led the widespread campaign of civil disobedience, drawing on thirty years of experience organizing strikes, marches, and other acts of resistance. The rebellion, which ultimately failed, grew increasingly violent over this eight-month period, leading to hundreds of arrests, dozens of deaths, and self-reports of torture and disappearance. While in 2006 the teachers provided the leadership and strategy of the popular rebellion, today many citizens reject the teachers’ leadership in the face of the failed 2006 campaign.

Using theories from the performance studies field, this paper draws on data from a four-week ethnographic study conducted in August 2010 to present the Oaxaca rebellion as a case-study of how teachers lead and participate in social movements. The paper first interrogates the unique teacher identity in Oaxaca-- one grounded in decades of organized union resistance against the Mexican government-- and then examines the extensive socialization new teachers receive to become members of this powerful syndicate. This paper also reveals how teachers use a variety of performances in the public sphere – mostly in Oaxaca’s main plaza, a center of social and economic activity – to sustain a favorable narrative of the rebellion and the union’s role leading it. The paper concludes that, through their extensive experiences “performing resistance,” teachers in Oaxaca possess great capacities for dramatizing social conflict and mobilizing social movement.


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