[Thesis]. Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester; 2012.
The University of Manchester"We are all Government: Zapatista Political Community.
Contexts, Challenges, and Prospects"Martha Areli Ramirez SanchezPhD. in Social Anthropology
July, 2012Abstract:This thesis demonstrates how, through diverse daily life practices,
a Zapatista community, referred to here as La Humanidad, creates a model of autonomy
in the Mexican State of Chiapas. Based on ethnographic information, this study explores
the meanings that this community attributes to practices and notions such as Autonomy,
Resistance, Memory, good government and bad government. I contend that these practices
represent an attempt to confront and resist the neoliberal model of Good Governance
and consequently reconstruct the social fabric, revive communitarian practices, and
develop models of self-sufficiency in regard to economics, health and education. Although
La Humanidad constitutes just one case study, it highlights little known aspects of
what is meant by grassroots participation in regard to this particular Zapatista community,
allowing us to gain deeper insight into how indigenous campesino autonomy has been
constructed following the Zapatista Uprising. Furthermore, through multi-sited fieldwork,
I demonstrate the variety of organisational experiences of The Good Government Council
among the five different Zapatista Caracoles: Oventic, La Garrucha, Morelia, Roberto
Barrios, and La Realidad. In order to contrast these Caracoles with official forms
of government organization, this study also addresses aspects of the constitutional
government in the Municipality of San Andres Larrainzar.