The Maya Indian peoples of Chiapas had been mobilizing politically for years before the Zapatista rebellion that brought them to international attention. This authoritative volume explores the different ways that Indians across Chiapas have carved out autonomous cultural and political spaces in their diverse communities and regions. Offering a consistent and cohesive vision of the complex evolution of a region and its many cultures and histories, this work is a fundamental source for understanding key issues in nation building. In a unique collaboration, the book brings together recognized authorities who have worked in Chiapas for decades, many linking scholarship with social and political activism. Their combined perspectives, many previously unavailable in English, make this volume the most authoritative, richly detailed, and authentic work available on the people behind the Zapatista movement.
Jan Rus is director of the Native Language Publishing Project, Instituto de Asesor'a Antropol-gica para la Regi-n Maya, A.C., San Crist-bal, Chiapas. Rosalva A'da HernOndez Castillo is a senior researcher at the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), Mexico City. Shannan L. Mattiace is assistant professor of political science, Allegheny College.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: Mayan Lives: Continuity and Change Chapter 4 A Generation of Crisis in the Central Highlands of Chiapas: The Cases of Chamula and Zinacantan, 1974-2000 Chapter 5 Between Civil Disobedience and Silent Rejection: Differing Responses by Mam Peasants to the Zapatista Rebellion Chapter 6 The Ch'ols Reclaim Palenque, or the War of Eternal Return Part 7 Part II: Mayan Lives: Making New Societies Chapter 8 Regional Renegotiations of Space: Tojolabal Ethnic Identity in Las Margaritas, Chiapas Chapter 9 Buscando una nueva vida: Liberation Through Autonomy in San Pedro, Chenalho, 1970-1998 Chapter 10 Regional, Communal and Organizational Transformation in Las Canadas Part 11 Part III: Mayan Utopias: Rethinking the State Chapter 12 The de Facto Autonomous Process: New Jurisdictions and Parallel Governments in Rebellion Chapter 13 Autonomy in the San Andres Accords: Expression and Fulfillment of a New Federal Pact Chapter 14 The Meaning and Scope of the Struggle for Autonomy