I leave for another round of fieldwork in Mexico City on May 8, and news from friends in the city suggests that my trip is well timed. Here, see a position statement from students in Ciencias Políticas y Sociales (FCPyS) at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), about the ongoing occupation of an administration building (toma de Rectoría). This morning, while reflecting on the occupation at the UNAM, I made time to re-read some passages from Henri Lefebvre’s The Explosion: Marxism and the French Upheaval, a book written in the immediate wake of May ’68. Here’s Lefebvre on the “intense need for theory” (p. 25):
What are the students presented with at the very time they are discovering and widening cracks in the social structure? The theory of a closed society.