The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas

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März 2008



Traces the transformation of indigenous politics in Mexico, linking indigenous identity directly to state formation.


Introduction; 1. Stepping behind the claims of culture: constructing identities, constituting politics; 2. Internal colonialism in Mexican state formation; 3. 'The politics of small things'; 4. From peasant to indigenous: shifting the parameters of politics; 5. The politics of indigenous rights; 6. Critical liberalism; Appendix.


Courtney Jung is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of Then I Was Black: South African Political Identities in Transition (2000) which was the winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2001.


'This is a smart and provocative book and the most interesting thing I've read on indigenous politics for quite some time. Courtney Jung explains her theory well, making 'critical liberalism' come to life for students and scholars across the disciplines - as well as general readers. Jung's original interpretation of indigenous mobilization in Mexico is relevant to everyone who cares about justice and diversity.' Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz 'This compelling work of normative political theory is deeply informed by field research on the emergence of the indigenous political movement in Mexico. Jung explores how cultural political identities are grounded in patterns of inclusion and exclusion by the state. In developing this radically constructivist theory of identity formation, she argues that democracies should neither 'privatize' culturally-based claims for fear that their incommensurability will threaten procedural processes, nor 'protect' cultural identities from democratic debate.' Elisabeth Jean Wood, Yale University and the Santa Fe Institute
EAN: 9780521703475
ISBN: 0521703476
Untertitel: 'Contemporary Political Theory'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 350 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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