Book News The largely indigenous rural people of the Mexican state of Chiapas have had a complex and conflictual relationship with the Mexican state, a relationship that resulted in the rebellion of the Zapatistas on the eve of the implementation of NAFTA. Rus (director, Native Language Publishing Project, Instituto de Asesoría Antopológica para la Regíon Maya, Mexico), Castillo (Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico), and Mattiace (political science, Allegheny College, US) present nine papers that examine past and present strategies of indigenous Chiapans towards the state and larger processes of "globalization." Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Rowman and Littllefield 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.