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Rebel MexicoStudent Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties$
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Jaime M. Pensado

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786539

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786539.001.0001

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Contested Notions of Revolution

Contested Notions of Revolution

(p.147) 6 Contested Notions of Revolution
Rebel Mexico

Jaime M. Pensado

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines student unrest and government response in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution. It explores the impact of this defining event on the leftist student political landscape at UNAM as evident in at least four significant ways: the radicalization of students throughout the 1960s in response to the proliferation of charrismo estudiantil; the revaluation of the importance of ideology; the creation of innovative spaces of contestation; and the rise of reactionary politics and political violence. The chapter argues that the internationalist spirit of the 1960s gave rise to a new culture of protest inside UNAM. It illustrates the characteristics of Mexico's “New Left” by focusing on the following individuals: the political cartoonist Rius; the participants of the university cine-clubs; the collaborators of Radio Universidad; and the writers of el espectador, Revista de la Universidad, and El Corno Emplumado.

Keywords:   impact of the Cuban Revolution, growth of the New Left, Marxism, democracy, cultural revolution of the 1960s, counterculture, emergence of political and cultural spaces of contestation, liberation, student militancy

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