New Social Movements in Latin America: The Dynamics of Class and Identity

  title={New Social Movements in Latin America: The Dynamics of Class and Identity},
  author={Henry Veltmeyer and James F. Petras},
  journal={The Journal of Peasant Studies},
The insurrection of indigenous peasants in Chiapas on the first of January in 1994 has had a profound impact. Not only did it put an end to the ruling class’s — and party’s — illusion of social peace and stability, and brought on centre-stage the long and hard struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico and elsewhere, but it had a significant impact on what we could term the sociology of social movements — the way in which movements of resistance and social change are conceived. In the immediate… 

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