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Maxine Molyneux and Shahra Razavi

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256457

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256454.001.0001

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National Law and Indigenous Customary Law: The Struggle For Justice Of Indigenous Women In Chiapas, Mexico

National Law and Indigenous Customary Law: The Struggle For Justice Of Indigenous Women In Chiapas, Mexico

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(p.384) 12 National Law and Indigenous Customary Law: The Struggle For Justice Of Indigenous Women In Chiapas, Mexico
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Gender Justice, Development, and Rights
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R. Aída Hernández Castillo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256454.003.0012

This chapter examines the ways national law and indigenous customary law respond to the struggle of indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico for rights within the new macro-political context of multiculturalism. It is argued that certain academic paradigms used to analyse indigenous normative systems have contributed to creating an image of customary law as a harmonious space free of contradiction, and in isolation from national law. This is an image that can impede the development of proposals for reform aimed at increasing access to justice for indigenous women.

Keywords:   indigenous women, Chiapas, Mexico, women’s rights, multiculturalism, national law, indigenous customary law

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