What are the biggest myths about Mexico

The book deals with the topic of political myths, which has long been neglected in political science. Although this subject is now receiving more attention, the investigation of myths in the politics of the GDR is still a novelty. Political myths as narrative, iconic and ritually conveyed and experienced stories have a justification and meaning function for the collective memory and symbolic messages political communities, but can also contribute to their dissolution and destruction. The author makes clear the crucial contradictions between political expectations, ideally imagined and actually experienced politics, with the result of a creeping loss of meaning in the GDR. The focus of the investigation is: anti-fascism as a founding myth, the peasant war and the Reformation as addition myths and Prussia as an attempt to adapt to political myths. Theoretically innovative is the combination of myth theories from philosophy (Cassirer and Blumenberg), memory theory (Assmann) and political science approaches.

Publisher: Vs Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

  • 31.01.2000
  • 388 pages with 32 b / w illustrations.
  • German
  • 210 x 148 x 20 mm
  • 555 g
  • ISBN-10: 3810027324
  • ISBN-13: 9783810027320

The first part forms a theoretical fund of works by Habermas, Merkel and Zibechi. The second part is devoted to individual country examples and special social movements in Latin American countries.

The third part of the book covers the practical examination of the main issue in Mexico.

The conclusions drawn from the overall analysis resulted in the finding that in the so-called “fourth wave of democratization”, which, similar to the “third wave” noted by Huntington, brought about a series of changes of government in Latin America, the former emerged from the constitutive influence of social movements the transformation is different. The authors worked out different types of transformation that show up within the “fourth wave”. At the end, the initial theories on transformation and social movements are taken up again and criticized with regard to the role of social movements in transformation.

Publisher: Verlag Dr. Kovač


  • 2013
  • 404 pages
  • German
  • ISBN 978-3-8300-6792-4

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Raina Zimmering describes the Zapatistas as the great destroyers of myths and at the same time as the great syncretists of our time. As the first major movement against the neoliberal mainstream, as inventors of new forms of resistance and as constructors of a grassroots, alternative society in the form of indigenous autonomies, the Zapatistas set a new paradigm that is inscribed in current emancipatory movements and the understanding of alternative forms of society around the world Has. For over 15 years the author, historian and political scientist has analyzed the rebellious indigenous movement of the Zapatistas in Mexico from the perspective of critical transformation and resistance research and at the same time got to know the subject of her scientific research as an activist in various human rights organizations in practical contexts on site. The present book consists of a collection of mostly scientific articles and some reports on experiences and interviews with the Zapatistas.

Published by Westfälisches Dampfboot

  • 20.10.2010
  • 300 pages with 10 ills.
  • German
  • 211 x 150 x 28 mm
  • 450 g
  • ISBN-10: 3896918672
  • ISBN-13: 9783896918673

Another book is added to the literature on political myths. It derives its innovative value firstly from the area of ​​application of myth to the Mexican Revolution, which is seldom worked on in Europe, and secondly from its theoretical claim to create the constellation between myth and social change. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 is treated from the point of view of the myth theory of Ernst Cassirer and Hans Blumenberg and the memory theories of Jan and Aleida Assmann. In the individual contributions of the anthology, the authors, including the author, ask in what way and with what intentions - iconographically, ritually and narrative conveyed - the Mexican Revolution was told and what development of the revolutionary myth itself in the context of social upheavals and experienced political change. The book makes it clear that political change and myth change are related and that there is also an inner constellation between myth change and social transformation processes.

Published by Königshausen u. Neumann

  • 2005
  • 214 pages
  • German
  • 235 x 155 x 19 mm
  • 350 g
  • ISBN-10: 3826030095
  • ISBN-13: 9783826030093

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Borders and border violations are not only important in the context of psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic treatment, but also play a fundamental role in human relationships, social communities and in the political context. The yearbook of the German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Depth Psychology is devoted to the topic of »borders« from different perspectives.

On the one hand, the authors examine the meaning and protection of and through limitations; on the other hand, they deal with the desire to overcome borders, without which science and research would be inconceivable. In addition to clinical aspects, developmental, ethical, socio-cultural and political aspects are discussed.
With contributions by… Silke Wiegand-Grefe, Herbert Will and Raina Zimmering

Published by Psychosozial-Verlag

  • Book series: Library of Psychoanalysis
  • August 2017
  • 315 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-3-8379-2709-2
  • Order no .: 2709
  • 36,90 €

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The topic of Latin American migration is currently being given increasing attention due to the statements and plans of the new US President Trump.

Latin American migration is a mass phenomenon that lasts longer and has a larger dimension than that to Europe.

It can therefore offer interesting conclusions for the EU's migration policy.

From this comparative perspective, Raina Zimmering examines the causes of migration and flight as well as the migration policies of the destination and exit countries and their consequences.

Published by WeltTrends - Verlag

  • June 2017
  • 140 pages
  • German
  • ISBN-10: 3945878489
  • ISBN-13: 978-3945878484

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The contributors to this volume investigate the causes of the refugee movements to Europe and their historical roots and at the same time deal with the political instrumentalization of migration and discrimination against migrants in Germany. From a psychological as well as committed political point of view, the life situations and fates of migrants are examined as well as the interests behind the prevailing refugee policy. In addition, the traumatic refugee experiences of many migrants and their often precarious living conditions after arrival are discussed. One of the book's strengths lies in its precise look at individual and political facets of the topic, which has been sharpened through years of psychological research.

With contributions by:… Jürgen Voges, Franc Wagner, Franz Witsch and Raina Zimmering.

Published by Psychosozial-Verlag

  • Book series: Research Psychosocial
  • March 2017
  • 379 pages
  • German
  • ISBN-13: 978-3-8379-2655-2
  • Order number: 2655
  • 39,90 €

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The Divided Globalization of Social Sciences in an Unequal World and Anti-Concepts

Raina Zimmering

Abstract: In this analysis of critical political science in the framework of the entanglement between post structural and ontological approaches, the author goes beyond the usual claims by asserting that since globalization, especially in the economic and political domains, is not a uniform and integrated process , likewise the globalization of social sciences does not necessarily enhance cooperation and promote equal participation.

First, there is a process of standardization of the social sciences through international criteria of peer reviewing and ranking, the so called Social Science Citation Index - SSCI. These are common and universal criteria for evaluating research products by experts claiming to be neutral - which suggests ...

Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities of Vietnam,

  • Hanoi, Vol. 4, No.5 (2018):
  • Pp. 584-592

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Las Comunidades zapatistas como espacios alternativos autónomos

Raina Zimmering (Senior Research Fellow en el Instituto de la Política Internacional en Potsdam, Uni.Profesora Dra. De Siencias Políticas, de Sociología y de Historia) [email protected]

Ponencia para the 56 ° Congreso Internacional de Americanistas en Salamanca of the 15 hasta of the 20 de Julio 2018, 11 / 19-3

Estudios políticos


En 1994, de un Grupo de indígenas y de algunos intelectuales marxistas no indígenas de las ciudades (llamado “Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional” - EZLN, en Chiapas, México) se levantaron contra el Neocolonialismo y Neoliberalismo. In varias etapas, se formó un espacio autónomo alternativo propio dentro del Estado Nación mexicano. Las comunidades zapatistas están caracterizadas por un sistema cultural, político ...

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Marcuse and Autonomous Alternative Spaces Ideas and Reality of a Current Opposition

Raina Zimmering

The 1968 revolt and alternative autonomous spaces

Marcuse coined the term "society without opposition" in his book The One-Dimensional Man.
With the word »opposition« he meant not only the narrowed attribution to opposition parties, but a comprehensive counter-movement that would be able to refuse capitalist society, eventually overcome it and create a new society according to the »real needs of ...

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Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag (February 1, 2019).

Bialluch, Christoph and Klaus-Jürgen Bruder et al. (Eds.):

Paralysis of Criticism - Society without Opposition.

Internal war, external war - and the intellectuals as "pillars of society"

Raina Zimmering

Knowledge production in the social sciences - imperialism or scientific freedom in dealing with and influencing current existential problems.

... Because of the cementing of the existing balance of power and wealth, the domestic political climate is pushed to the right, democratic achievements are overturned, social security is dismantled, controls of the state apparatus are thrown overboard, a climate of suspicion and distrust among one another is created ... All these political decisions and strategies aim at the formation ...

Publisher: Westend

  • Edition 1
  • December 2019
  • 350 pages
  • German
  • ISBN-13: 978-3864892905
  • ISBN-10: 3864892902
  • Price € 28.00

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