Chiapas Rebellion The Struggle for Land and Democracy

ISBN-10: 0822322382

ISBN-13: 9780822322382

Edition: 1998

Authors: Neil Harvey

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In 1994, the Zapatista rebellion brought international attention to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Neil Harvey combines ten years of field work in Chiapas with extensive historical and political research to provide a comprehensive history of conflict in this region and a nuanced analysis of this rural uprising against federal bureaucracy and landed elites. Beginning with an exploration of the history of ethnic and class conflict in Chiapas since the Conquest, Harvey moves specifically to trace the development of peasant and indigenous organisations in Chiapas since the early 1970s. He compares the struggles for agrarian rights of three grassroots movements facing hostility from both local elites and federal bureaucrats. His examination of the complexities of political change in Chiapas includes the impact of neoliberal economic policies, the origins of the Zapatista army of National Liberation (EZLN), and the political impact of the rebellion itself. Engaging with current theoretical debates on the role and significance of social movements in Mexico and Latin America, Harvey focuses on the primacy of political struggle and on the importance of these movements in the construction and meaning of citizenship. While suggesting that the Zapatista revolution has heightened awareness among the people of Chiapas of such democratic issues as ethnicity, gender, and land distribution, he concludes with an analysis of the obstacles to peace in the region today. This unprecedented study of the Zapatista rebellion will provoke discussion among students and scholars of contemporary Mexico, political science, Latin American studies, history, sociology, and anthropology.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/24/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Neil Harvey has held top management positions in leading South African and international companies and led 14 successful turnarounds across a variety of industries in Africa, Europe and the United States from 1968 to 1999. nbsp;Henbsp;is the nbsp;convenor of nbsp;the How to Manage a Turnaround and Corporate Renewal nbsp;executive education progamme at Wits Business School, with Frans van Heerden , and foundernbsp;and CEO of Strategic Global Investments, an investment management and advisory firm in the USA.nbsp; He has alsonbsp;nbsp;been a professor at Rhodes University in South Africa and adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University in the USA."

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From Plan Chiapas to the New Zapatismo
Neoliberalism and Rebellion
The Zapatista Opening
Chronology of Peasant Movements in Chiapas
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