Auteur: Bobrow-Strain, Aaron
Titel: Intimate enemies
Sub titel: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas

`Intimate Enemies' explores conflicts in Chiapas from the perspective of the landed elites, a crucial but almost entirely unexamined actor in the states violent history. Scholarly discussion of agrarian politics has typically cast landed elites as bad guys with predetermined interests and obvious motives. Aaron Bobrow-Strain takes the landowners of Chiapas seriously, asking why coffee planters and cattle ranchers with a long and storied history of violent responses to agrarian conflict reacted to land invasions triggered by the Zapatista Rebellion of 1994 with quiescence and resignation rather than thugs and guns. In the process, he offers a unique ethnographic and historical glimpse into conflicts that have been understood almost exclusively through studies of indigenous people and movements. Weaving together ethnography, archival research, and cultural history, Bobrow-Strain argues that prior to the upheavals (from the Zapatistas and sympathizers) of 1994 landowners were already squeezed between increasingly organized indigenous activism and declining political and economic support from the Mexican state. He demonstrates that indigenous mobilizations that began in 1994 challenged not just the economy of estate agriculture but also landowners understandings of progress, masculinity, whiteness, and indigenous docility. By tracing the elites responses to land invasions deep into the cultural politics of race, class, and gender, Bobrow-Strain provides timely insights into policy debates surrounding the recent global resurgence of peasant land reform movements. At the same time, he rethinks key theoretical frameworks that have long guided the study of agrarian politics by engaging political economy andcritical human geographys insights into the production of space. Describing how a carefully defended world of racial privilige, political dominance, and landed monopoly came unglued.
2007, 296 pag., Euro 24,25
Duke University Press, Durham, ISBN 9780822340041

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