Political Leadership in Zapatista Mexico: Marcos, Celebrity, and Charismatic Authority

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Title Political Leadership in Zapatista Mexico: Marcos, Celebrity, and Charismatic Authority
Author Di Piramo, Daniela
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Boulder, Colorado
Publisher Lynne Rienner (FirstForum Press)
Abstract Can charismatic authority be used to further progressive politics without simultaneously doing damage? Is it possible for a movement with a charismatic leader to achieve an egalitarian society? Tracing the history of Mexico's Zapatista movement and the emergence of its controversial masked spokesman, Subcommandante Marcos, Daniela di Piramo investigates the implications of these questions. Di Piramo's important distinction between charisma as an individual attribute and charismatic authority as a form of political power is reflected throughout her study. Following Marcos's public trajectory, she focuses not only on how the leader has used his personal appeal to draw international attention to the Zapatista's plight, but also on how the constant spotlight on him has sometimes eclipsed the larger political agenda. Her work is both a significant biography and a penetrating exploration of the nature of charismatic political leadership in Latin America.
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Publisher URI https://www.rienner.com/title/Political_Leadership_in_Zapatista_Mexico_Marcos_Celebrity_and_Charismatic_Authority
Alternative URI http://www.rienner.com
Edition 1
ISBN 978-1-935049-21-0
Date Accessioned 2010-05-11
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Science; Political Theory and Political Philosophy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33234
Publication Type Books (Authored Research)
Publication Type Code a1

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