The Fiesta of the Word: The Zapatista Uprising and Radical Democracy in Mexico
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 99, Issue 2, pages 261–274, June 1997
How to Cite
Nash, J. (1997), The Fiesta of the Word: The Zapatista Uprising and Radical Democracy in Mexico. American Anthropologist, 99: 261–274. doi: 10.1525/aa.1918.104.22.1681
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
As they assert their rights to land, political participation, and their distinctive cultures, Mayas of Chiapas are redefining the modernist ideals of justice, liberty, and democracy for a postmodern age. Accustomed to cultural diversity, they have learned to live without attempting to eradicate or dominate the others in their midst. Their vision of progress still contains the communal values found in mythopoetic traditions from the preconquest period. But far from being primordial remnants of the past, these values have been enacted continually in everyday life since the conquest and may offer a model for pluriethnic and pluripolitical institutions as we enter the third millennium.