Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility

Front Cover
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Social Science - 300 pages

On January 1, 1994 in the far southeast of Mexico, a guerrilla army of indigenous Mayan peasants calling itself the Zapatista Army of National Liberation rose up in rebellion against 500 years of colonialism, imperialism, genocide, racism, and neoliberal capitalism. Zapatismo Beyond Borders examines how Zapatismo, the political philosophy of the Zapatistas, crossed the regional and national boundaries of the isolated indigenous communities of Chiapas to influence diverse communities of North American activists.

Providing readers with anthropological perspectives that draw on a year of fieldwork with activists, and also enriched by the author's own experience with contemporary social justice struggles, Alex Khasnabish examines the "transnational resonance" of the Zapatista movement. He shows how the spread of Zapatismo has unexpectedly produced new imaginations and practices of radical political action in diverse socio-political movements throughout North America. Zapatismo Beyond Borders is an engaging study of a radical political philosophy that has been both a model for grassroots organizations and a rallying call for members of the anti-globalization movement. Rigorous and engaged, this will be of interest to anyone interested in indigenous rights movements, political philosophy, and the recent history of political activism.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This was the first time I hear of such a movement and I am so glad that I was introduced to such a book.. The Author makes you live the Movement & the struggle..We should shad the light on those forgotten movements.

Contents

Khasnabish_2447_029ps
29
Khasnabish_2447_055ps
55
Khasnabish_2447_084ps
84
Khasnabish_2447_122ps
122
Khasnabish_2447_152ps
152
Khasnabish_2447_186ps
186
Khasnabish_2447_233ps
233
Khasnabish_2447_271ps
271
Khasnabish_2447_281ps
281
Khasnabish_2447_295ps
295
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Alex Khasnabish is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Bibliographic information