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Whose History? Whose Voice? Myth and Resistance in the Rise of the New Left in Mexico

Essay Excerpt

Given the barriers and the historical tradition of unpopularity of the Left, how is the rise of the New Left in Mexican politics to be explained? I will show that it is a product of the intersection of material conditions and the control of deeply affective myths and symbols that has provided the New Left with its power, legitimacy, and energy. Although this research emphasizes the use of symbolism in political struggle, this represents but one aspect of a highly complex situation involving both a cross-ethnic and a cross-class phenomenon that are of great interest, but beyond the scope of the present article (99).

McDonald, J. H. "Whose History? Whose Voice? Myth and Resistance in the Rise of the New Left in Mexico." Cultural Anthropology 8.1(1993): 96–116.

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