Basta! : Land and the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas

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Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2005-07-01
Publisher(s): Food First Books
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Summary

On January 1, 1994, in the impoverished state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, the Zapatista rebellion shot into the international spotlight. In this fully revised third edition of their classic study of the rebellion's roots, George Collier and Elizabeth Lowery Quaratiello paint a vivid picture of the historical struggle for land faced by the Maya Indians, who are among Mexico's poorest people. Examining the roles played by Catholic and Protestant clergy, revolutionary and peasant movements, the oil boom and the debt crisis, NAFTA and the free trade era, and finally the growing global justice movement, the authors provide a rich context for understanding the uprising and the subsequent history of the Zapatistas and rural Chiapas, up to the present day. Book jacket.

Author Biography

George A. Collier is Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Stanford University, where he has also served as Chair of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin America Studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter Rosset vii
Preface to the Third Edition ix
Preface to the Spanish Edition by Rodolfo Stavenhagen xiv
Abbreviations xvii
Introduction 1(14)
Chapter One: Chiapas and Mexico 15(22)
The Legacy of Conquest
18(5)
Export Enclaves and National Consolidation
23(5)
Mexico's Revolution
28(3)
Agrarian Reform
31(6)
Chapter Two: Eastern Chiapas: Land 37(16)
Colonizing Eastern Chiapas
37(8)
Agrarian Reform and Conflict
45(8)
Chapter Three: Eastern Chiapas: The Building of Social Movements 53(38)
Protestant Evangelization
55(6)
Catholic Responses
61(5)
Peasant Organizations
66(4)
Challenges to the Government
70(8)
Disillusionment and Disagreement
78(5)
The Growth of the Guerrilla Movement
83(8)
Chapter Four: Oil and the Crisis in Mexican Agriculture 91(16)
Crisis in Agriculture
93(3)
Energy Development in Chiapas
96(5)
Restructuring Peasant Agriculture
101(6)
Chapter Five: The Toll of Restructuring on Lives and Communities 107(18)
Land and the Changing Economy
110(3)
Gender and Generation Gaps
113(3)
The Widening Gap between Rich and Poor
116(3)
Leaders Who No Longer Need Followers
119(6)
Chapter Six: Exclusion: The New Politics 125(22)
"New Law; New Politics"
126(4)
Control of Money
130(5)
Tradition versus Literacy and Law
135(4)
Divided Solidarity
139(8)
Chapter Seven: Transitions 147(12)
Lessons from the Past
151(8)
Chapter Eight: The New Indigenous Movement 159(24)
The New Zapatismo
161(6)
The Double-Edged Sword of Neoliberalism
167(3)
Militarization and Containment
170(7)
Legal Concessions and Co-optation
177(4)
Chiapas at an Impasse
181(2)
Chapter Nine: Connecting the Local to the National and the Global 183(34)
Networking for Survival
183(2)
Antimonies of Solidarity
185(2)
Neoliberalism and Anti-neoliberalism
187(3)
Launching the Global Anti-neoliberal Cause
190(4)
Networking for Autonomy in Chiapas
194(3)
Agroecology and Resistance
197(9)
The Mut Vitz Organic Coffee Cooperative 200
The Social Inequities of Agricultural Free Trade
206(4)
Challenges for Global Resistance Movements
210(7)
Notes 217(22)
Bibliographical Note to the Revised Edition 239(4)
References 243(26)
Index 269(12)
About the Authors 281

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