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'Ya Gotta Know When To Hold 'Em': Reflections On Fieldwork In The Zona De Conflicto (Conflict Zone)

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The chapter begins with the author's description of his sighting of the constellation of Scorpio which in a way forewarned his tumble into the Chiapas, Mexican, underworld place of fear. The author's consciousness of the layers of unseen and unpredictable forms of power and control that exist in conflict zones was changed by conditions of military scrutiny and control of travel, immigration policies of monitoring and surveillance, and low intensity warfare carried out by paramilitary organizations. The author's work in Chiapas examines women's resistance to globalization and militarization through active community building and independent organizing for the dual purposes of economic and political autonomy. The work in conflict zones like Chiapas foregrounds a shared human conditionthe struggle for lives of dignity, planting the seeds of hope, and the radical promise of true democracy and social justice.

Keywords: Chiapas; civil society; conflict zones; military scrutiny; women's resistance



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