The Zapatista Movement and Mexico's Democratic Transition

Mobilization, Success, and Survival


Author: María Inclán

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190869488

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Transitions from authoritarian to democratic governments can provide ripe scenarios for the emergence of new, insurgent political actors and causes. During peaceful transitions, such movements may become influential political players and gain representation for previously neglected interests and sectors of the population. But for this to happen, insurgent social movements need opportunities for mobilization, success, and survival. What happens to insurgent social movements that emerge during a democratic transition but fail to achieve their goals? How influential are they? Are they able to survive their initial mobilizing boom? To answer these questions, María Inclán looks at Mexico's Zapatista movement, whose emergence she argues was caught between "sliding doors" of opportunity. The Zapatistas were able to mobilize sympathy and support for the indigenous agenda inside and outside of the country, yet failed to achieve their goals vis-à-vis the Mexican state. Nevertheless, the movement has survived and sustained its autonomy despite lacking legal recognition. Inclán examines the vitality of the movement during various tests of the emergent democracy (during more competitive elections, under various political parties, and amid various repressive measures). She also looks at state responsiveness to movement demands and the role of transnational networks in the movement's survival. Framing the relative achievements and failures of the Zapatista movement within Mexico's democratization is essential to understand how social movements develop and survive and how responsive an electoral democracy really is. As such, this book offers a test to the quality of Mexico's democracy and to the resilience of the Zapatista movement, as it identifies the extent to which emerging political forces have failed to incorporate dissident and previously excluded political actors into the new polity.

Beyond Resistance: Everything

An Interview With Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos


Author: El Kilombo Intergalactico,Subcomandante Marcos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780896087972

Category: Political Science

Page: 124

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Beyond Resistance uncovers the relevance and importance of the Zapatista's Other Campaign for people living and struggling in the United States.

The Zapatistas' Dignified Rage

Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos


Author: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849352933

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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Zapatista spokesman Subcommander Marcos decreased his public appearances between 2007 and 2014, but simultaneously increased the depth of his analysis. Collected here in English translation for the first time, these talks include some of his most explicit, detailed, and inspiring criticisms of capitalism, political parties, electoral democracy, disingenuous solidarity, and much more. Subcommander Marcos was the leading spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) until 2014. Nick Henck is Associate Professor at Keio University and the author of Subcommander Marcos: The Man and the Mask. Henry Gales is a freelance translator living in Mexico City.

A Poetics of Resistance

The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency


Author: Jeff Conant

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849350000

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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How to market a new and better world...and win!

The speed of dreams

selected writings, 2001-2007


Author: Marcos (subcomandante.)

Publisher: City Lights Books


Category: History

Page: 365

View: 5680

Since the publication of Our Word is Our Weapon- which Publishers Weekly described as "strong as dignity and as subtle as love"-Mexico's enigmatic Zapatista leader has written some of his most brilliant and complex works. From a retelling of indigenous myths and legends, to visions of the future of Mexico, from searing critiques of the US war in Iraq, to clandestine radio broadcasts from the jungles of Chiapas, here is an amazing selection of writing that gives voice to the literary and poetic genius of Latin America's greatest living writer and rebel. Subcomandante Marcos is a spokesperson and strategist for the Zapatistas.

The Education of Radical Democracy


Author: Sarah S. Amsler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134460201

Category: Education

Page: 208

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The Education of Radical Democracy explores why radical democracy is so necessary, difficult, and possible and why it is important to understand it as an educative activity . The book draws on critical social theory and critical pedagogy to explain what enables and sustains work for radical democratization, and considers how we can begin such work in neoliberal societies today. Exploring examples of projects from the nineteenth century to the present day, the book sheds light on a wealth of critical tools, research studies, theoretical concepts and practical methods. It offers a critical reading of the ‘crisis of hope’ in neoliberal capitalist societies, focusing on the problem of the ‘contraction of possibilities’ for democratic agency, resistance to domination, and practices of freedom. It argues that radically democratic thinking, practice, and forms of social organization are vital for countering and overcoming systemic hegemonies and that these can be learned and cultivated. This book will be of interest to academics, practitioners, researchers, and students in education and critical theory, and to those interested in the sociology, philosophy and politics of hope. It also invites new dialogues between theorists of neoliberal power and political possibility, those engaged in projects for radical democratization, and teachers in formal and informal educational settings.