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  • We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements

    Author(s): Lynn Stephen
    Published: 2013
    Pages: 368
    Illustrations: 26 photographs, 1 table, 4 maps
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  • Maps, Illustrations, and Videoclips  vii
    Acronyms and Abbreviations  xi
    About the Website  xv
    Acknowledgments  xvii
    1. Testimony: Human Rights, and Social Movements  1
    2. Histories and Movements: Antecedents to the Social Movement of 2006  36
    3. The Emergence of the APPO and the 2006 Oaxaca Social Movement  66
    4. Testimony and Human Rights Violations in Oaxaca  95
    5. Community and Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca: Testimony and Participatory Democracy  121
    6. The Women's Takeover of Media in Oaxaca: Gendered Rights "to Speak" and "to Be Heard"  145
    7. The Economics and Politics of Conflict: Perspectives from Oaxacan Artisans, Merchants, and Business Owners  178
    8. In Indigenous Activism: The Triqui Autonomous Municipality, APPO Juxtlahuaca, and Transborder Organizing in AAPO-L.A.  209
    9. From Barricades to Autonomy and Art: Youth Organizing in Oaxaca  245
    Conclusions  276
    Notes  289
    Bibliography  303
    Index  323
  • "We Are the Face of Oaxaca is a magnificent book. A model of engaged scholarship and the best work yet by Lynn Stephen, it is an original analysis of the massive popular rebellion in Oaxaca, Mexico, during 2006–07. Given her deep, long-term ties to Oaxacans in both Mexico and the United States, Stephen is uniquely positioned to analyze the social movement and the significance of participants' testimonials in its production and reception."—Patricia Zavella, author of I'm Neither Here nor There: Mexicans' Quotidian Struggles with Migration and Poverty

    "Given the new visibility of protest, Lynn Stephen's fascinating book offers a valuable opportunity to understand how protest movements work at the grassroots. This ethnography of the Oaxacan protest of 2006 focuses on testimony: the performed, embodied act of telling a story. Protesters’ courageous testimonies broadcast over the radio made a difference. The book and its website with recordings provide a wonderful opportunity to hear the testimonies of those with courage to speak."—Sally Engle Merry, author of Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice

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  • Description

    A massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006. A coalition of more than 300 organizations, APPO disrupted the functions of Oaxaca's government for six months. It began to develop an inclusive and participatory political vision for the state. Testimonials were broadcast on radio and television stations appropriated by APPO, shared at public demonstrations, debated in homes and in the streets, and disseminated around the world via the Internet.

    The movement was met with violent repression. Participants were imprisoned, tortured, and even killed. Lynn Stephen emphasizes the crucial role of testimony in human rights work, indigenous cultural history, community and indigenous radio, and women's articulation of their rights to speak and be heard. She also explores transborder support for APPO, particularly among Oaxacan immigrants in Los Angeles. The book is supplemented by a website featuring video testimonials, pictures, documents, and a timeline of key events.

    About The Author(s)

    Lynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon and Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca, both also published by Duke University Press.

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