1st Edition

Las Abejas Pacifist Resistance and Syncretic Identities in a Globalizing Chiapas

By Marco Tavanti Copyright 2003

    Las Abejas came to be known by the international community as the civil counterpart to the neozapatista movements and as a Christian pacifist movement. This book presents the voices of Las Abejas and of numerous collaborators alongside an innovative theoretical analysis of the dynamics of identity construction. The uniqueness of this study is the analysis of the role of international human rights observers in relation to indigenous communities in resistance. In this fascinating study, Marco Tavanti explains how cultural, religious, political, human rights and nonviolent frameworks combine in a syncretic identity of resistance.

    List of Illustrations Series Editors' Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Acronyms and Abbreviations Chapter 1: Las Abejas and the Acteal Massacre Chapter 2: Methodological and Theoretical Frameworks Chapter 3: The Struggle for Land and Dignity in Chiapas Chapter 4: The Juxtaposed Meanings of Acteal Chapter 5: The Cultural and Religious Frameworks of Las Abejas Chapter 6: The Political and Human Rights Frameworks of Las Abejas Chapter 7: Las Abejas' Construction of Nonviolent Resistance Chapter 8: A Syncretic Identity of Resistance Conclusion: Never Again a World without Us Glossary Notes References Index


    Marco Tavanti is a sociologist at Loyola University Chicago. He has worked in Chiapas with the International Service for Peace and collaborated with numerous international nongovernmental organizations and Christian pacifist organizations in Italy, Brazil, Mozambique and Bosnia-Herzegovina.