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 rewned 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 ecomic 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.
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).