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Developing Zapatista autonomy : conflict and NGO involvement in rebel Chiapas /
Niels Barmeyer.
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
description
xxvi, 281 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0826345840 (paper), 9780826345844 (paper)
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imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
isbn
0826345840 (paper)
9780826345844 (paper)
contents note
Roots of Zapatista autonomy -- Pueblos de Base -- Who is running the show? : the workings of Zapatista government -- Resistance, conflict, and community division -- Global networks, local impacts : the transformation of NGO involvement in Chiapas -- The second phase of the Zapatista revolution -- Projects and their impacts : observations by a volunteer water worker -- Mobility and cultural change in the face of outside involvement -- Accommodating home base and civil society : the EZLN's many facets.
catalogue key
6787727
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-270) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Niels Barmeyer is an anthropologist who first went to Chiapas in 1996 to work as a human rights observer in indigenous villages affiliated with the EZLN guerilla movement and has returned to Zapatista territory many times. He completed his PhD in 2003 and currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he works with an indigenous grassroots organization.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-09-01:
This unique book about the Maya rebellion in Chiapas was written by a German solidarity activist turned professional anthropologist. Barmeyer went to Chiapas in the late 1990s to help protect Zapatista communities from the onslaughts of the Mexican government. He returned later to conduct field research into the changing nature of rebel society and its relationship to national and international political and development organizations. The result is a very engaging account of the Zapatista movement and its malcontents--the growing numbers of Maya supporters who split off to follow different paths for self-betterment. Barmeyer offers a salutary discussion of the relationships between national and international NGOs and the Zapatista command on the one hand, and Maya villagers on the other. His is a subtle, sympathetic view of the conflicts and aspirations of the Maya rank-and-file versus the programs and objectives of the organizations that are supposed to serve and aid them. The author offers rich case studies, in many of which he was a participant or close observer. In sum, dozens of volumes have been written about the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, but few offer the penetrating insights of this one. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. P. R. Sullivan independent scholar
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Summaries
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The author provides an in depth analysis of the consequences of the 1994 Zapatista uprising in the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas. He looks in particular at the nongovernmental development projects providing marginalised communities with social and economic infrastructure that operate independently from the Mexican state.
Main Description
Since the 1994 Zapatista uprising in the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas, the indigenous population has seen a lot of changes. These have been particularly salient with regard to nongovernmental (NGO) development projects that have provided marginalized communities with social and economic infrastructure that operate independently from the Mexican state. NGOs and solidarity groups continue to play an increasingly important role in helping these communities strengthen their autonomy in the regions controlled by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).Niels Barmeyer devoted time in Chiapas in the mid-1990s as a human rights activist and later as an NGO volunteer and PhD researcher. Based on these experiences, he provides an in-depth analysis of the advances and limitations of the Zapatista autonomy project over the past fourteen years. Barmeyer's study includes personal histories of indigenous people and international activists from four rebel communities who are involved in NGO development projects. Their stories of clandestine organization, land occupation, raising money and support, and internal disagreements offer a range of perspectives.
Main Description
Since the 1994 Zapatista uprising in the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas, the indigenous population has seen a lot of changes. These have been particularly salient with regard to nongovernmental (NGO) development projects that have provided marginalized communities with social and economic infrastructure that operate independently from the Mexican state. NGOs and solidarity groups continue to play an increasingly important role in helping these communities strengthen their autonomy in the regions controlled by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Niels Barmeyer devoted time in Chiapas in the mid-1990s as a human rights activist and later as an NGO volunteer and PhD researcher. Based on these experiences, he provides an in-depth analysis of the advances and limitations of the Zapatista autonomy project over the past fourteen years. Barmeyer's study includes personal histories of indigenous people and international activists from four rebel communities who are involved in NGO development projects. Their stories of clandestine organization, land occupation, raising money and support, and internal disagreements offer a range of perspectives.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Introduction: Making Sense of the Zapatistasp. 1
Roots of Zapatista Autonomyp. 23
Pueblos de Basep. 65
Who Is Running the Show?: The Workings of Zapatista Governmentp. 85
Resistance, Conflict, and Community Divisionp. 109
Global Networks, Local Impacts: The Transformation of NGO Involvement in Chiapasp. 136
The Second Phase of the Zapatista Revolutionp. 156
Projects and Their Impacts: Observations by a Volunteer Water Workerp. 175
Mobility and Cultural Change in the Face of Outside Involvementp. 194
Accommodating Home Base and Civil Society: The EZLN's Many Facetsp. 214
Notesp. 237
Glossary of Spanish Termsp. 251
Referencesp. 255
Indexp. 271
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