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creator
Cosme-Gomez, Erick
abstract
Cherán is an indigenous town in Mexico that followed a political system established by the Federal Constitution until 2011 when the negligence of the Mexican State to protect the town from organised crime led to a self-defence movement that expelled criminals and overthrew the local government structure. The movement achieved a milestone when the community achieved self-determination through a federal court ruling. The recognition of self-determination was just the beginning of the real challenge to implement a cultural and political project. Fieldwork was conducted in Cherán that utilised ethnographic research and interviews as methods to explore the function of the town’s governance. The findings showed that two crucial elements support the Cherán’s democracy and exercise of self-determination. First is organised distrust, in which any citizen could serve a watchdog function to exact accountability in the governance structure. This distrust prevents the concentration of power to a few elites and shares power to the citizens. Second is Cheran’s identity as an indigenous community, which is not limited to self-identification as a group with a set of values and beliefs, but also a valuable device to keep self-determination alive. Through the combination of three key concepts, namely, self-determination, organised distrust, and identity, this paper offers new insights on an alternative way of sustaining democracy that goes beyond elections.
journal title
Hiroshima Peace Science
volume
Volume 41
start page
33
end page
49
date of issued
2020-03
publisher
広島大学平和センター
issn
0386-3565
2434-9135
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
applicarion/pdf
text version
publisher
rights
Copyright (c) 2020 広島大学平和センター
department
The Center for Peace
Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
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