ABSTRACT

Drawn from two larger ethnographic studies, this article showcases performances of grief as public interventions from teachers in social movements in Mexico and Argentina. Through Judith Butler’s conceptual apparatus of public grieving, we present findings on activists’ music of repression amplified before the edifices of the state agencies that repressed them, and a multivocal spoken word performance commemorating a teacher on the anniversary of his murder. Performances like these, that position public grieving in the political and pedagogical, are imperative units of inquiry given the surge of teachers, students, and parents organizing worldwide against racism, educational reform, and austerity, all while confronting violent responses from state- and private-sector authorities.

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