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Street Democracy


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Table of Contents

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Chapter One: Prelude to Independent Organizing: Politics and Vendors
Chapter Two: Vendors and Students in the 1970s
Chapter Three: Staging Democracy at Home and Abroad
Chapter Four: The Dirty War on Street Vendors
Chapter Five: From La Victoria to Walmart
Chapter Six: The Struggle Continues

About the Author

Sandra C. Mendiola Garcia is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas.


"Mendiola Garcia's use of oral interviews and photographs brings Puebla's streets to life, giving us a sense of the sights, smells, and quotidian rhythms of these dynamic public spaces. Those sources also shed light on aspects of the UPVA's history that written documents obscure, especially the central role that women played in the union despite their exclusion from the highest rungs of its leadership. . . . The author's prose is lucid, and the book is a pleasure to read. It will certainly interest historians of twentieth-century Mexico and Latin America as well as scholars of neoliberalism, the informal economy, and social movements across the global South. It would be an excellent addition to graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses."-Andrew Konove, Hispanic American Historical Review -- Andrew Konove * Hispanic American Historical Review *
"Mendiola Garcia's research casts light on Mexico's recent political and economic history, particularly that of unions and social movements during the adoption of neoliberal policies."-Emilio de Antunano, H-LatAm -- Emilio de Antunano * H-LatAm *
"This is an exciting new book that should make a big splash in the still-rather-small historiography of urban Mexico."-Matthew Vitz, Pacific Historical Review -- Matthew Vitz * Pacific Historical Review *
"An innovative and highly original book that reveals new findings on the twilight of the PRI rule in Mexico. . . . Street Democracy breaks new ground in the rapidly expanding field of post-1940 Mexico."-Alex Avina, author of Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside
-- Alex Avina
"Mendiola Garcia nimbly transports us to the streets of Puebla, where everyday men, women, and children redefine their roles from simple peddlers to organized vendors. She expertly traces the shift in organizing tactics and identity politics in response to state repression and the neoliberal bend."-Gabriela Soto Laveaga, author of Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of the Pill -- Gabriela Soto Laveaga

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