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Latin America's Multicultural MovementsThe Struggle Between Communitarianism, Autonomy, and Human Rights$
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Todd A. Eisenstadt, Michael S. Danielson, Moises Jaime Bailon Corres, and Carlos Sorroza Polo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936267.001.0001

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Multicultural reforms for Mexico’s “tranquil” Indians in Yucatán

Multicultural reforms for Mexico’s “tranquil” Indians in Yucatán

(p.217) 9 Multicultural reforms for Mexico’s “tranquil” Indians in Yucatán
Latin America's Multicultural Movements

Shannan Mattiace

Oxford University Press

Yucatán was one of the last Mexican states to enact Indian rights legislation in the wake of the 2001 national constitutional changes, and is worthy of examination, as it has one of the largest number of indigenous language speakers in Mexico. Indian rights legislation in Yucatán, titled “The Law for the Protection of the Rights of the Maya Community”, was passed by the state congress in April 2011 and an implementing decree was approved in December 2011. This chapter argues that the multicultural reforms enacted in Yucatán to date are the result of top-down, national-level factors that have pushed state legislators to move forward in the area of Indian rights. Multicultural reforms in Yucatán are not the result of grassroots pressure: there has been no Indian identity-based social movement to speak of in Yucatán, unlike other regions of Mexico with strong movements, such as Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Michoacán.

Keywords:   Maya, Yucatán, social movements, identity, Indian rights legislation, multicultural reforms

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