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Naming the Cinderellas of Development: Violence and women's autonomy in Mexico

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Marisa Belausteguigoitia looks at the struggle for autonomy and citizenship for indigenous women (Zapatistas) in the south of Mexico and the forms of material and symbolic violence they experience. Using the imagery developed by Octavio Paz and studies of subalternity, she analyses the transition of indigenous women from the ‘slits’ of development, through the openings and rips of modernity to citizenship on their own terms, describing it as a process of suture. She analyses the ways in which this struggle for female autonomy, in body and ‘tongue’, creates a particular imagery of indigenous women's bodies and thus development politics.Development (2004) 47, 64–72. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100022
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2004

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