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Understanding the Chiapas Rebellion

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This book offers a new way of understanding the Zapatista conflict as a counteraction to the forces of modernity and globalization that have rendered indigenous peoples virtually invisible throughout the world. Placing the conflict within a broad sociopolitical and historical context, Nicholas Higgins traces the relations between Maya Indians and the Mexican state from the conquest to the present— which reveals a centuries-long contest over the Maya people’s identity and place within Mexico. His incisive analysis of this contest clearly explains how the notions of “modernity” and even of “the state” require the assimilation of indigenous peoples. With this understanding, Higgins argues, the Zapatista uprising becomes neither surprising nor unpredictable, but rather the inevitable outcome of a modernizing program that suppressed the identity and aspirations of the Maya peoples.

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Author: Higgins, Nicholas P
Year: 2005
ISBN: 9780292705654
Pages: 294
Language: English
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publisher's city: Austin
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