“Emancipation,” argues Raúl Zibechi, “is not an objective but a way of life.” For the last half century, new and emancipatory social formations have worked to carve out their own territories in Latin America, experimenting in rural and urban settings with new forms of liberatory politics that challenge neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and the very basis of the state itself. Not limited to a single path, these “societies in movement” have adopted forms of communitarian relations that allow experimentation and innovation to flourish at a riveting pace. Blending case studies and history with social theory and analysis, Zibechi opens our eyes to the new world being born just outside our gaze. With a foreword by Dawn Paley, and an epilogue that brings Zibechi into conversation with Michael Hardt and Alvaro Reyes on the continuing revolution of everyday life in Latin America.
“Zibechi shows us not only that new worlds are possible but they exist and are constantly being invented in daily struggles throughout Latin America. A brilliantly original reformulation of the practices of popular action by a sophisticated, realistic, experienced, and daring observer of autonomous non-state spaces. More valuable than a ‘six-foot shelf ’ of tomes on social movement theory. It’s an education in itself.”―James C. Scott, author of The Art of Not Being Governed (2009) and Seeing Like a State (1998)
“Rich and complicated...[Territories in Resistance] will be a key reference point in the development of anti-systemic thought.”― Gilberto López y Rivas, La Jornada
Territories in Resistance: A Cartography of Latin American Social Movements
AK Press 2012. New paperback; 280 pages