Zapata Lives!

Lynn Stephen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222373
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927643 | DOI:
Zapata Lives!

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This study chronicles recent political events in southern Mexico, up to and including the July 2000 election of Vicente Fox. The book focuses on the meaning that Emiliano Zapata, the great symbol of land reform and human rights, has had and now has for rural Mexicans. It documents the rise of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas and shows how it 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, the book 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. Mixing original ethnographic material drawn from years of fieldwork in Mexico with historical material from a variety of sources, this book shows how activists have appropriated symbols of the revolution to build the contemporary political movement. The book's wide-ranging narrative touches on the history of land tenure, racism, gender issues in the Zapatista movement, local political culture, the Zapatista uprising of the 1990s and its aftermath, and more. Adding to our knowledge of social change in contemporary Mexico, the book also offers readers a model for engaged, activist anthropology.

Keywords: southern Mexico; Vicente Fox; Emiliano Zapata; land reform; human rights; rural Mexicans; Zapatista rebellion; Chiapas; Oaxaca; indigenous Mexicans

Book.  445 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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