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Todd May

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639823

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.001.0001

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The Zapatistas: From Identity to Equality

The Zapatistas: From Identity to Equality

(p.72) 4 The Zapatistas: From Identity to Equality
Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière

Todd May

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the Zapastista movement in southern Mexico. It considers Zapatismo as an advance over the identity politics that characterized much of the left in the US and elsewhere during the late 1980s and the 1990s. Identity politics has not been without opponents and alternatives, particularly in the 1990s. The Zapatistas have taken on indigenous struggle because of the equality of indigenous people. The emphasis on indigenous rights is a campaign for equality that does not lose a certain sense of identity, while the focus on women's rights is a struggle for equality that often cuts against the grain of identity. Land provides three elements crucial for autonomy. Zapatismo has been disruptive for local communities. The presupposition of equality has developed the backbone of the Zapatista rebellion.

Keywords:   identity politics, Zapastista movement, southern Mexico, Zapatismo, equality, indigenous rights, women's rights, Zapatista rebellion

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