The Problem of Erasure: Indigenous Organizing Beyond the Zapatistas Public Deposited

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  • June 18, 2020
  • Jackson-Jordan, Olivia
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Global Studies
  • I explore the concept of erasure in social movements by using the various groups and histories of Mexican indigenous organizing to critique the gaps in social movement theory that do not recognize the links between social movements that target similar issues. I look at how indigenous movements in Mexico, as well as other prominent movements in North America, have been simplified and in turn historically mislabeled. Ultimately, I argue that our academic understanding of indigenous liberation in Mexico is limited by the omission of hundreds of years of resistance by indigenous people previous to the rise of the Zapatistas. I argue for an academic understanding that portrays one ongoing indigenous movement that encompasses the Zapatistas as well as the many other groups that have worked previous to and alongside of them.
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  • Funding: Department of Global Studies
  • Osterweil, Michal
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • Global Studies
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  • Honors
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2018
  • English

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