LDPI Working Paper 48. The political value of land, remittances and a possible case of land grabbing. The case of an Indigenous village in Oaxaca, Mexico

Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which transnational capital is reshaping land politics in the Zapotec Indigenous community of Zegache, Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a predominantly rural state in southern Mexico, characterized by land conflicts and a high rate of migration. Zegache, in the Zimatlán Valley, is not a stranger to these phenomena; its economy depends on remittances and nonindustrialized agriculture, and land is still a central element in local political conflicts. Zegache‘s inhabitants are divided between comuneros (those who defend communal land) and propietarios (who are in favor of private property), and this division informs the political struggles not only in Oaxaca but also in the immigrant community of Zegacheños living in Oregon, U.S. Here, I will explore how transnational capital reinforces the continuation of traditional subsistence agriculture while also promoting increased political conflict that is directly connected to local politics, social relationships, and land ownership.

Citation

Sandoval Cervantes, I. LDPI Working Paper 48. The political value of land, remittances and a possible case of land grabbing. The case of an Indigenous village in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Land Deal Politics Initiative, (2013) 17 pp.

LDPI Working Paper 48. The political value of land, remittances and a possible case of land grabbing. The case of an Indigenous village in Oaxaca, Mexico

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