Dissident Women

Dissident Women : Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas

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Yielding pivotal new perspectives on the indigenous women of Mexico, Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas presents a diverse collection of voices exploring the human rights and gender issues that gained international attention after the first public appearance of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in 1994. Drawing from studies on topics ranging from the daily life of Zapatista women to the effect of transnational indigenous women in tipping geopolitical scales, the contributors explore both the personal and global implications of indigenous women's activism. The Zapatista movement and the Women's Revolutionary Law, a charter that came to have tremendous symbolic importance for thousands of indigenous women, created the potential for renegotiating gender roles in Zapatista communities. Drawing on the original research of scholars with long-term field experience in a range of Mayan communities in Chiapas and featuring several key documents written by indigenous women articulating their vision, Dissident Women brings fresh insight to the revolutionary crossroads at which Chiapas stands-and to the worldwide implications of this economic and political microcosm.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • University of Texas Press
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w photos
  • 0292714408
  • 9780292714403
  • 1,590,361

Table of contents

Preface: Indigenous Organizing and the EZLN in the Context of Neoliberalism in Mexico Lynn M. Stephen, Shannon Speed, and R. Aida Hernandez Castillo Acknowledgments Section One: Key Women's Documents Women's Revolutionary Law Women's Rights in Our Traditions and Customs Comandanta Esther: Speech before the Mexican Congress International Day of the Rebel Woman Introduction R. Aida Hernandez Castillo, Lynn M. Stephen, and Shannon Speed Section Two: Indigenous Women's Organizing in Chiapas and Mexico: Historical Trajectories, Border Crossings Chapter 1. Between Feminist Ethnocentricity and Ethnic Essentialism: The Zapatistas' Demands and the National Indigenous Women's Movement R. Aida Hernandez Castillo Chapter 2. Indigenous Women and Zapatismo: New Horizons of Visibility Margara Millan Moncayo Chapter 3. Gender and Stereotypes in the Social Movements of Chiapas Sonia Toledo Tello and Anna Maria Garza Caligaris Chapter 4. Weaving in the Spaces: Indigenous Women's Organizing and the Politics of Scale in Mexico Maylei Blackwell Section Three: Rights and Gender in Ethnographic Context Chapter 5. Indigenous Women's Activism in Oaxaca and Chiapas Lynn M. Stephen Chapter 6. Autonomy and a Handful of Herbs: Contesting Gender and Ethnic Identities through Healing Melissa M. Forbis Chapter 7. Rights at the Intersection: Gender and Ethnicity in Neoliberal Mexico Shannon Speed Chapter 8. "We Can No Longer Be Like Hens with Our Heads Bowed, We Must Raise Our Heads and Look Ahead": A Consideration of the Daily Life of Zapatista Women Violeta Zylberberg Panebianco References Indexshow more

About Shannon Speed

Shannon Speed is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. , R. Aida Hernandez Castillo is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Center of Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City. , R. Aida Hernandez Castillo, and Lynn M. Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon.show more