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Author Stephen, Lynn.

Title Zapata lives! : histories and cultural politics in southern Mexico / Lynn Stephen.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  972.740836 STEP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xlv, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-377) and index.
Contents Part I. Political and Historical Contexts of Zapatismo -- 1. Introduction: The "Fields" of Anthropology, Human Rights, and Contemporary Zapatismo 3 -- 2. Government Construction and Reappropriation of Emiliano Zapata 33 -- 3. Ethnic and Racial Categories in Mexican History 83 -- Part II. Zapatismo in Eastern Chiapas -- 4. Historical Roots of Indigenous Struggle in Chiapas 91 -- 5. New Zapatismo in the Lacandon Jungle 103 -- 6. Zapata Vive! Lacandon Zapatismo and Its Translation to Larger Mexico 147 -- 7. Conversations with Zapatistas: The Revolutionary Law of Women and Military Occupation 176 -- Part III. New and Old Zapatismo in Oaxaca -- 8. Historical Roots of Land Conflict and Organizing in Oaxaca 219 -- 9. Story of Santa Maria del Tule: Zapata, Cardenas, and "Good Guy" Officials 240 -- 10. Formation of the Ejido of Union Zapata 267 -- 11. Contradictions of Zapatismo in Rural Oaxaca 287 -- Conclusion: Reclaiming the Mexican Nation for the Poor and the Indigenous South 316.
Summary This richly detailed study chronicles recent political events in southern Mexico, up to and including the July 2000 election of Vicente Fox. Lynn Stephen focuses on the meaning that Emiliano Zapata, the great symbol of land reform and human rights, has had and now has for rural Mexicans. Stephen documents the rise of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas and shows how this rebellion was understood in other parts of Mexico, particularly in Oaxaca, giving a vivid sense of rural life in southern Mexico. Illuminating the cultural dimensions of these political events, she shows how indigenous Mexicans and others fashioned their own responses to neoliberal economic policy, which ended land reform, encouraged privatization, and has resulted in increasing socioeconomic stratification in Mexico.
Subject Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (Mexico)
Social movements -- Mexico -- History -- 20th century.
Indians of Mexico -- Mexico -- Chiapas -- Government relations.
Indians of Mexico -- Social conditions.
Chiapas (Mexico) -- History -- Peasant Uprising, 1994-
ISBN 0520222377 (cloth)
0520230523 (paperback)