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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848132085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848132085
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since their appearance fifteen years ago, Mexico's modern day Zapatistas have been a powerful, compelling, inspiring enigma - and a Rorschach test of sorts for scholars, activists, and policy makers alike. After millions of words - more than a few of their own - exploring and explaining the Zapatistas, Alex Khasnabish's smart and accessible book perceptively explicates their origins, deftly outlines their philosophy and practice - not least the move beyond bullets to words and actions, and astutely analyzes their national and transnational impact. Khasnabish's text provides our best lens yet on the twenty-first century's most intriguing revolutionaries' --Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science & University Scholar, Southwestern University

A remarkable achievement! Alex Khasnabish has written the clearest, most comprehensive account to-date of the origins, innovations, and significance of the Zapatista movement, on local, national, and global scales. This is a must-read for students, scholars, activists, and anyone who believes another world is truly possible. --Jeffrey S. Juris, Arizona State University

This book is a unique testament to the political creativity of the Zapatista movement that has inspired activists and scholars since the 1990s. Khasnabish convincingly demonstrates how this creativity is reflected, above all, in the Zapatistas' ability to combine and engage various levels of political activity from the local to the transnational. --Thomas Olesen, University of Aarhus, Denmark (author of International Zapatismo: The Construction of Solidarity in the Age of Globalization

About the Author

Alex Khasnabish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His first book, Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility (2008), focuses on the reasons for and consequences of the transnational resonance of Zapatismo and the links between radical political imaginations and global anti-capitalism. Khasnabish's current research is an extension of this project, focusing upon anti-capitalist action, anarchist organizing, imagination, and alternative-building in the north of the Americas. His work has been published in ephemera, AmeriQuests, Anthropologica, Critique of Anthropology, the Globalization and Autonomy Working Paper Series, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Politics and Culture, and Upping the Anti.

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"In the early hours of January 1, 1994 a guerrilla army of indigenous Mayan peasants emerged from the highlands and jungle in the far southeast of Mexico and declared ¡Ya basta - Enough! - to 500 years of colonialism, racism, exploitation, oppression, and genocide"

And so began the rise of the Zapatistas. This book covers a lot of ground in it's short form, and explains the influence of Zapatismo political philosophy on a national and transnational level. In terms of explaining who the Zapatismo are we really only get insight into it's spokesperson Sub-commandant Marcos, and even that is fairly vague considering how much Marcos has embraced all forms of media in order to spread the revolutions ideals.

Nonetheless, this is an excellent book, blindingly researched and offering genuine hope and guidance towards what could be a new trend in world politics.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97c6d9e4) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0x97c6efb4) out of 5 stars Good book but not my favorite, worth reading as a general overview 30 Sept. 2015
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Interesting work but probably too centered around Marcos, too little about the people and their struggle.
Still a good chronology of the EZLN emergence as a national and international actor in Mexico. Recommended if you want to have a general idea of the movement.
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HASH(0x97d2e708) out of 5 stars A love letter to subcomadante marcos 29 Oct. 2010
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Okay, if you don't know anything about the Zapatista movement, this is an okay book to pick up and get some background. But, almost the only voice you hear and the praise you read is all about Subcomdante Marcos. Not much about women, not much about all the indigenous peoples who were part of making this movement happen.
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