Revista mexicana de sociología
Print version ISSN 0188-2503
VERGARA-CAMUS, Leandro. Globalization, land, resistance and autonomy: the EZLN and the MST. Rev. Mex. Sociol [online]. 2011, vol.73, n.3, pp. 387-414. ISSN 0188-2503.
This article compares the land struggle of the EZLN in Chiapas and the MST in Brazil within the context of globalization. The author argues that the membership of these movements, each within its own context, rejects the logic of the market and adopts resistance strategies that privilege production for subsistence. In addition, the author argues that in both cases the struggle to gain and maintain access to land gives these movements the ability to control territories, thus generating an autonomous popular power, which results in different political strategies that are the product of the concrete experiences that these movements have had with political parties and the state.
Keywords : globalization; capitalism; neoliberalism; EZLN; MST; peasants; land; subsistence; autonomy.