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The Mexican "Dirty War" and Student Radicalism, 1971-1982

Date: 11/04/2010

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 609 Social Sciences

Cost: Free


The Mexican "Dirty War" and Student Radicalism, 1971-1982

Presented by Fernando Calderon, Department of History

The Mexican "dirty war," is perhaps the most understudied period of political strife in Latin America in the 1970s. The prevailing historical record depicts Mexico in this period as the “pax priísta,” in which the ruling party presided over a period of political stability and economic growth, and only experienced insignificant episodes of coercion that never put the perpetuity of the system at risk. However, thousands of leftists, students, intellectuals, workers, peasants, and innocent civilians were harassed, arrested, tortured, raped, murdered, or “disappeared" by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and counterinsurgency groups. This talk focuses on the contribution of student urban guerrilla movements to popular politics and the culture of rebellion of the 1970s, by looking at the regional dynamics of urban guerrillas, student’s reason for going underground, and guerrilla culture as expressed in their interpretations of Mexican history and the influence of barrio and working-class culture on their political consciousness.


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