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National Law and Indigenous Customary Law: The Struggle For Justice Of Indigenous Women In Chiapas, Mexico

R. Aída Hernández Castillo

in Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256457
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256454.003.0012

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

National Law and Indigenous Customary Law: The Struggle For Justice Of Indigenous Women In Chiapas, Mexico

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This chapter examines the ways national law and indigenous customary law respond to the struggle of indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico for rights within the new macro-political context of multiculturalism. It is argued that certain academic paradigms used to analyse indigenous normative systems have contributed to creating an image of customary law as a harmonious space free of contradiction, and in isolation from national law. This is an image that can impede the development of proposals for reform aimed at increasing access to justice for indigenous women.

Keywords: indigenous women; Chiapas; Mexico; women’s rights; multiculturalism; national law; indigenous customary law

Chapter.  11694 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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