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Author di Piramo, Daniela, 1960-

Title Political leadership in Zapatista Mexico : Marcos, celebrity, and charismatic authority / Daniela di Piramo
Published Boulder : FirstForumPress, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Contents Charismatic authority in Latin America --- The Chiapas story --- Marcos and the Zapatistas : storming the world stage --- Zapatista politics and other tales --- 'Being Marcos' : the celebrity, the Caudillo and the revolutionary vanguard --- Revolutionizing charismatic authority ---- Appendixes
Summary Can charismatic authority be used to further progressive politics without simultaneously doing damage? Is it possible for a movement with a charismatic leader to achieve an egalitarian society? Tracing the history of Mexicoʹs Zapatista movement and the emergence of its controversial masked spokesman, Subcommandante Marcos, Daniela di Piramo investigates the implications of these questions. Di Piramoʹs important distinction between charisma as an individual attribute and charismatic authority as a form of political power is reflected throughout her study. Following Marcosʹs public trajectory, she focuses not only on how the leader has used his personal appeal to draw international attention to the Zapatistaʹs plight, but also on how the constant spotlight on him has sometimes eclipsed the larger political agenda. Her work is both a significant biography and a penetrating exploration of the nature of charismatic political leadership in Latin America
Notes Includes glossary
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-249) and index
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Subject Marcos, subcomandante.
Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (Mexico) -- History.
Political leadership -- Mexico.
Chiapas (Mexico) -- History -- Peasant Uprising, 1994-
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1988-2000.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1626371539 (electronic bk.)
9781626371538 (electronic bk.)