Ambiguous missionaries: Rural teachers and state facades in Guerrero, 1930-1950

Paul Gillingham*

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This article analyses the role of rural teachers in state formation in Guerrero, from revolutionary reconstruction through Cardenista reform projects to the dawn of the postrevolutionary political system. It examines the ideological construction of the maestro rural as a reformist opponent of caciques and the poverty they were held to perpetuate; traces the cacical practices of many teachers in Guerrero; and questions teachers' efficacy as agents of rational/bureaucratic state expansion. In conclusion, the author considers the relevance of the history of education in Guerrero to broader assessments of education and state formation in modern Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-360
Number of pages30
JournalMexican Studies - Estudios Mexicanos
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006


  • 1940s
  • Caciquismo
  • Cardenismo
  • Guerrero
  • History of education
  • Maestros rurales
  • Mexican Revolution
  • Mexico
  • State formation
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History


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