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On the conditions of the possibility for transcending the capitalist nation state in Chiapas, Mexico: a Karatanian analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Wainwright, Joel
dc.creator Kartal, Rebekah
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-03T17:31:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-03T17:31:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/53207
dc.description.abstract This research brings the thought of philosopher Kojin Karatani to bear on a social movement in southern Mexico. Karatani analyzes the modern social formation as the result of three modes of exchange – reciprocity of gift and return, plunder and redistribution, and commodity exchange – which combine to form the capitalist nation state. Through the examination of Kant’s moral imperative, Karatani contends that so long as we live within the confines of the capitalist nation state, we will treat others merely as a means to an end. Yet as Karatani illustrates, Kant’s ‘kingdom of ends’ could only be achieved through the transcendence of the capitalist nation state— a condition which seems impossible. My thesis argues that the Zapatistas of Chiapas provide a living political illustration of the struggle to transcend the capitalist nation state. Zapatismo challenges the continued exploitation and inequality that the capitalist nation state engenders through the creation of autonomous regions (called caracoles). By building communal organization, the caracoles have developed autonomous education, health, and justice programs. The Zapatista movement calls on civil society to join them in creating a world of many worlds. Through its faith in the transcendence of the capitalist nation state the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) nourishes a different type of social formation, which Karatani calls association. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Arts and Humanities at the Ohio State University. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Undergraduate Research Office at the Ohio State University. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Ohio State University en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Ohio State University en_US
dc.relation Academic Major: International Studies en_US
dc.relation Academic Major: Spanish en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ohio State University. Department of Geography Undergraduate Research Theses; 2012 en_US
dc.title On the conditions of the possibility for transcending the capitalist nation state in Chiapas, Mexico: a Karatanian analysis en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.embargo No embargo en_US