Title

Neo-Zapatista network politics: Transforming democracy and development

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2007

Abstract

As Zapatista support-base communities consolidate their autonomy, a variety of organizations have taken up lessons from the Zapatistas. Neo-Zapatista organizations - grassroots and nongovernmental organizations that support the Zapatistas' demands - are developing alternative practices of participatory democracy and autonomous development. These practices include "rule by obeying," resisting government programs, strengthening cooperatives, diversifying production, and building food security. By implementing these practices, neoZapatista networks transform hegemonic meanings and practices of procedural democracy and neoliberal development by reembedding economic and political decision making in social values. A case study of three such organizations documents the learning processes by which they generate constructive meanings and practices that reconfigure social power. © 2007 Latin American Perspectives.

Publication Name

Latin American Perspectives

Volume Number

34

First Page

78

Last Page

93

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1177/0094582X06298746

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