Spaces of Capital/spaces of Resistance: Mexico and the Global Political Economy

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University of Georgia Press, 2017 - Social Science - 223 pages

Based on original fieldwork in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico, this book offers a bridge between geography and historical sociology. Chris Hesketh examines the production of space within the global political economy. Drawing on multiple disciplines, Hesketh's discussion of state formation in Mexico takes us beyond the national level to explore the interplay between global, regional, national, and sub-national articulations of power. These are linked through the novel deployment of Antonio Gramsci's concept of passive revolution, understood as the state-led institution or expansion of capitalism that prevents the meaningful participation of the subaltern classes.

Furthermore, the author brings attention to the conflicts involved in the production of space, placing particular emphasis on indigenous communities and movements and their creation of counterspaces of resistance. Hesketh argues that indigenous movements are now the leading social force of popular mobilization in Latin America. The author reveals how the wider global context of uneven and combined development frames these specific indigenous struggles, and he explores the scales at which they must now seek to articulate themselves.

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Geographical Politics and the Politics of Geography
13
CHAPTER 2 Latin America and the Production of the Global Economy
43
The Politics of State Space and Class Formation in Modern Mexico
72
Defending Place and Producing Space in Oaxaca
102
Class Power and the Production of Chiapas
135
Conclusion
173
Notes
185
Bibliography
191
Index
219
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CHRIS HESKETH is a senior lecturer in international political economy at Oxford Brookes University.

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