© 2012

Cultural Politics and Resistance in the 21st Century

Community-Based Social Movements and Global Change in the Americas

  • Editors
  • Kara Z. Dellacioppa
  • Clare Weber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Local Communities and Global Resistance

    1. Kara Z. Dellacioppa
      Pages 1-19
  3. Cultural Resistance and Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Aída Hernández Castillo, Gisela Espinosa Damian
      Pages 23-48
    3. Jessica K. Taft
      Pages 49-60
    4. Melissa N. Govea
      Pages 61-77
    5. Oscar Marquez
      Pages 79-98
  4. Political Resistance and Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Jennifer Rogers
      Pages 101-116
    3. André C. Drainville
      Pages 145-176
    4. Clare Weber
      Pages 177-180
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 181-195

About this book


By analyzing the cases present in this volume, the editors develop important steps towards a theory of social change that can adequately address the complex realities and intersectionality of identity (race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality) within and among these new movements.


autonomy community economy feminism gender globalization identity Nation nationality politics social change women

About the authors

KARA DELLACIOPPA Professor of Sociology at California State University-Dominguez Hills, USA.
CLARE WEBER Chair of the Department of Sociology at California State University-Dominguez Hills, USA. 

Bibliographic information


'Zapatismo lives! That is the message brought to us from the authors and subjects of this book, who in a variety of inventive ways, on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border, live life with dignity, joy, and confidence in the future. Here we find hip-hop artists, do-it-yourself communities, radical single moms, organized tomato pickers, Chicano student activists, outspoken teenage girls, undocumented immigrants, feminist peasants, striking teachers, indigenous corn farmers, and others lots of others - who walk with the Zapatistas, building community and sometimes winning victories but always creating love. Here we find voices speaking from the heart, from their real selves, about a world in which many worlds fit. We should all listen, and with care.' -John Foran

'This valuable compilation of fresh narratives offers an inside look at Mexican/US grassroots movements formed by women, peasants, indigenous people, and others inspired by zapatismo as a cultural and political practice creating autonomous spaces as part of a movement of 'globalization from below.' In an era when the logic of the global market is presented as inexorable, this book is an important reminder of the power and agency of community-based organizing.' - Richard Stahler-Sholk, Professor, Department of Political Science, Eastern Michigan University