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Latin America's Multicultural Movements: The Struggle Between Communitarianism, Autonomy, and Human Rights

Todd A. Eisenstadt, Michael S. Danielson, Moises Jaime Bailon Corres, and Carlos Sorroza Polo


Throughout the Americas indigenous people have been arguing that they should be entitled, as “first peoples,” to representation in local, national, and international fora in a capacity different from that of other civil society groups. This book began as an inquiry into subnational multicultural rights recognition in Oaxaca, Mexico, where constitutional reforms recognized the rights to Indigenous municipalities to self-determination with respect local election procedures, known as “usos y costumbres.” Taking the Oaxaca case as its core empirical referent, the book brings together perhaps the m ... More

Keywords: autonomy, multiculturalism, indigenous rights, customary law, recognition, human rights, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatán

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd A. Eisenstadt, editor
American University

Michael S. Danielson, editor
American University

Moises Jaime Bailon Corres, editor
Oaxaca, Mexico


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Part One Multicultural rights recognition in theory and in practice


Todd A. Eisenstadt

1 Ambivalent multiculturalisms

José Antonio Lucero

2 Constitutional multiculturalism in Chiapas

Araceli Burguete Cal y Mayor (translated by Andrew McKelvey)

Part Two Multicultural and autonomy movements in the andes

3 Uses of autonomy

Erik Cooke

Part Three Multicultural and autonomy movements in oaxaca, mexico

6 What we need are new customs

Víctor Leonel Juan Martínez (translated by Michael S. Danielson)

7 Political subsystems in Oaxaca’s Usos y Costumbres municipalities

Carlos Sorroza Polo and Michael S. Danielson (translated by Andrew McKelvy)

Part Four The state and multicultural rights: enabler or menace?


Willibald Sonnleitner and Todd A. Eisenstadt