Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies
This paper examines the extent to which La Otra Campaña (The Other Campaign) has succeeded in constructing anti-capitalist social coalitions in Mexico. Through a social movement theoretical lens, I analyze the dynamics of three distinct movements within La Otra: (1) the indigenous Zapatistas of Chiapas, (2) the CNUC, a campesino group from Tlaxcala, and (3) the Pancho Villas, an urban housing organization from Mexico City. Based on personal interviews, field notes, and participant observation, this paper compares the tactics and organizing techniques employed by each movement. It explores the ways in which the Zapatista project of “autonomy” has been appropriated in unique ways by the movements in Tlaxcala and Mexico City. Overall, I argue that although alliances have been built and allegiances strengthened, there remain various structural and ideological differences impeding La Otra’s progress and its ultimate goal to transform Mexico through the development of genuine grassroots democracy.
Williams, George J., "Zapatismo’s Otra Campaña: Its Efforts for Autonomy and the Construction of an Anti-Capitalist Social Coalition in Mexico" (2010). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 395.
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