Presentation Title

The “Teleteacher”: How U.S Policy Shaped Political Ideology in El Salvador

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Deborah Norden

Start Date

18-11-2017 1:45 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 2:00 PM

Location

15-1822

Session

Social Science 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The “Teleteacher”: How U.S Policy Shaped Political Ideology in El Salvador

The first open election in El Salvador, during 1989, marked the beginning of a 20 year reign of the right wing party, National Republican Alliance (ARENA). ARENA’s political machine had a complete domination during four consecutive presidential elections elections (1989, 1994, 1999, 2004). My research explores these issues and proposes that ARENA’s political domination could be attributed, in part, to the government's influence over the educational system during the 1960s, through a televised educational program (Teleteacher), as well as to their monopolistic control over print and televised media. In my research, I propose that through these three different medium (Education, TV, Newspapers), ARENA, with the support of the US, was able to create a hegemonic bloc in the electorate with a favorable perception of the neoliberal values and policies embraced and implemented by the party. This manufactured perception of neoliberalism allowed ARENA and the Salvadoran elites to obtain, and maintain, control of the presidency for 20 years.

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Nov 18th, 1:45 PM Nov 18th, 2:00 PM

The “Teleteacher”: How U.S Policy Shaped Political Ideology in El Salvador

15-1822

The “Teleteacher”: How U.S Policy Shaped Political Ideology in El Salvador

The first open election in El Salvador, during 1989, marked the beginning of a 20 year reign of the right wing party, National Republican Alliance (ARENA). ARENA’s political machine had a complete domination during four consecutive presidential elections elections (1989, 1994, 1999, 2004). My research explores these issues and proposes that ARENA’s political domination could be attributed, in part, to the government's influence over the educational system during the 1960s, through a televised educational program (Teleteacher), as well as to their monopolistic control over print and televised media. In my research, I propose that through these three different medium (Education, TV, Newspapers), ARENA, with the support of the US, was able to create a hegemonic bloc in the electorate with a favorable perception of the neoliberal values and policies embraced and implemented by the party. This manufactured perception of neoliberalism allowed ARENA and the Salvadoran elites to obtain, and maintain, control of the presidency for 20 years.