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Autonomy Is In Our Hearts: Zapatista Autonomous Government Through The Lens of the Tsotsil Language


Manufacturer: PM Press

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"Following the Zapatista uprising on New Year’s Day 1994, the EZLN communities of Chiapas began the slow process of creating a system of autonomous government that would bring their call for freedom, justice, and democracy from word to reality. Autonomy Is in Our Heartsanalyzes this long and arduous process on its own terms, using the conceptual language of Tsotsil, a Mayan language indigenous to the highland Zapatista communities of Chiapas.

The words “Freedom,” “Justice,” and “Democracy” emblazoned on the Zapatista flags are only approximations of the aspirations articulated in the six indigenous languages spoken by the Zapatista communities. They are rough translations of concepts such as ichbail ta muk’or “mutual recognition and respect among equal persons or peoples,” a’mtelor “collective work done for the good of a community” and lekil kuxlejalor “the life that is good for everyone.” Autonomy Is in Our Heartsprovides a fresh perspective on the Zapatistas and a deep engagement with the daily realities of Zapatista autonomous government. Simultaneously an exposition of Tsotsil philosophy and a detailed account of Zapatista governance structures, this book is an indispensable commentary on the Zapatista movement of today."

Written by Dylan Eldredge Fitzwater, with a foreword by John P Clark.  Published by PM Press, 2019.

Product Code: 9781629635804

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