‘Our Culture’s Not for Sale!’: Music and the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca in Mexico

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The Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO), a social movement that emerged in June 2006, was a response to severe government repression of a teachers' strike in Oaxaca, Mexico. This article focuses on the movement participants' involvement with music, and the innovative ways in which songs associated with APPO were shared and circulated during the conflict. APPO's engagement with musical activities created spaces in which the political significance of regional culture was reinterpreted and re-signified. APPO, despite failing in its primary political objectives, thus generated new ways of relating to the performance, representation, politics and consumption of musical traditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-431
Number of pages16
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • popular music
  • politics
  • culture
  • social movements
  • Oaxaca
  • Mexico

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