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March 29, 2009 Weblog:

Book Review: Zapatismo Beyond Borders

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For artists, songwriters, storytellers, and dreamers that are reading this, you are in luck. Creativity has won out against the darkness and monotony of neoliberalism. Imagination is revolutionary. The world has good reason to hope. The affirmative and liberatory project of the Zapatistas has spread its message around the globe: un otro mundo es posible. This credo can guide our imaginations onto new terrains, but the work of building and constructing worlds remains in front of us, daunting and formidable. How do we move forward, and what weapons will our creativity arm us with? Alex Khasnabish gives us some guidance in his book, but choices remain to be taken, and we will measure our success only from the viewpoint of the end of a lifetime of imaginative struggle.

Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility (Alex Khasnabish, University of Toronto Press, 2008) explores the transnational resonance of Zapatismo - the guiding principles, tactics and beliefs of the Zapatistas - that has invigorated and inspired social activism and anti-capitalist struggles in North America. Khasnabish is a professor of sociology and anthropology at Mount St. Vincent University and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The book comes on the heels of his recent papers “A Tear in the Fabric of the Present” in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism (2009) and “Insurgent Imaginations” in Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization (2007), among other essays. Khasnabish's style reads like an academic thesis: rigorously documented, lengthy citations, and careful argumentation. Most accessible to academics, readers may find themselves wishing for a more palatable and digestible read.

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March 25, 2006 Accounts

Potable Politics

agua_fp.jpgVan Ferrier wonders if water will be the issue that puts the Zapatismo into Mexico's big city politics.

Will water put the Zapatismo into Mexico's big city politics?

January 9, 2006 International News

"The Other" Way

The Zapatistas' New Direction

December 1, 2005 Labour

Give 'em the Boot!

bootsadeux_fp.jpgChris Arsenault travels to Chiapas to investigate a Zapatista owned and run boot cooperative that takes 'no-sweat' apparel to a new level.

Zapatistas and solidarity activists are taking 'non-sweat' apparel to a new level.

January 18, 2005 Features

Photo Essay: Zapatistas

education_fp.jpg 11 years after what the New York Times called the first "post modern revolution", Chris Arsenault brings back words and images from Chiapas, Mexico.

Reflecting on Ten Years of Resistance in Chiapas

February 3, 2004 Accounts

Zapatistas and Supporters Celebrate 10 Years of Colourful Resistance

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Ben Sichel visits Chiapas, Mexico for the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista uprising.

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