Source: (1999) SIPAZ Report 4 (3).

This article describes traditional indigenous perspectives and structures for dealing with community conflict and crime in the Chiapas region of Mexico. These are contrasted with the formal Mexican criminal justice system. Specific attention is given to ideas of authority, punishment, forgiveness, reconciliation, community, and mediation. The issue is raised whether indigenous perspectives and measures are adequate in the face of the extreme conflict in Chiapas in recent years.


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