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Politics, Identity, and MexicoÔÇÖs Indigenous Rights Movements (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)

Politics, Identity, and MexicoÔÇÖs Indigenous Rights Movements (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)

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Todd A. Eisenstadt
Cambridge University Press, 5/19/2011
EAN 9781107001206, ISBN10: 110700120X

Hardcover, 226 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

Drawing on an original survey of more than 5,000 respondents, this book argues that, contrary to claims by the 1994 Zapatista insurgency, indigenous and non-indigenous respondents in southern Mexico have been united by socioeconomic conditions and land tenure institutions as well as by ethnic identity. It concludes that - contrary to many analyses of Chiapas's 1994 indigenous rebellion - external influences can trump ideology in framing social movements. Rural Chiapas's prevalent communitarian attitudes resulted partly from external land tenure institutions, rather than from indigenous identities alone. The book further points to recent indigenous rights movements in neighboring Oaxaca, Mexico, as examples of bottom-up multicultural institutions that might be emulated in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.

1. Indians by choice?
traditional societies, indigenous rights movements, and the state in post-Zapatista southern Mexico
2. A tale of two movements
the salience of indigenous rights in Chiapas 1994 but not in Oaxaca 2006
3. Agrarian tenure institutions, conflict frames, and communitarian identities in indigenous southern Mexico
4. Agrarian conflicts, armed rebellion, and the individual versus collective rights tension in Chiapas' Lacandon jungle
5. Individual rights and communal elections in Oaxaca, Mexico
a challenge to multiculturalism and women's rights
6. From balaclavas to baseball caps
wearing many hats in the exercise of 'real world' identities
7. Reconciling individual rights, communal rights, and autonomy institutions
broader lessons from Chiapas and the 'Oaxaca experiment'.