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DISPERSING/REMAKING POWER: AUTONOMY, THE STATE AND LATIN AMERICAN MOVEMENTS

A CONVERSATION WITH RAUL ZIBECHI

Friday, November 12, 2010
2-4 pm in Room 6112.04 (Sociology Department Lounge)
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Place, Culture, Politics
Hosted by the Militant Research Group (CUNY)

Raul Zibechi is a life long militant, journalist and writer.  His works deal primarily with social movements in Latin America, and those movements in particular who are creating alternatives and dignity through the horizontal construction of new territories and with the creation of other powers.  In 2003 he won the Jose Marti Award for his writing on Argentina, including the book, Genealogy of a Rebellion: Argentina, A Society in Movement.

Zibechi is the author of six additional books, including Territories in Resistance: Political Cartography on the Urban Latin Americ an Periphery  (2008); Autonomies and Emancipations (2008); A Horizontal View: Social Movements and Emancipation (1999), The Youth Rebellion of the 1990s, Social Networks and the Creation of an Alternative Culture (1997) and The Streams When They Run Low, the Challenges of Zapatismo (1995). His writing addresses questions of power, the creation of other territories, and reconceptualization of social movements as more creative relationships, and less oppositional forces.  Zibechi’s writing has appeared in journals throughout the world, from Pagina 12 and MU in Argentina to Socialism and Democracy, Monthly Review, and Counterpunch in the US, The Guardian in the UK and La Jornada in Mexico. He is the editor of the weekly Brecha, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Dispersing Power (2006/2010) is his first book translated into English: “Dispersing Power, like the movements it describes, explores new ways of doing politics beyond the state, gracefully mapping the “how” of revolution, offering valuable lessons to activists and new theoretical frameworks for understanding how social movements can and do operate independently of state-centered models for social change.” (From the back cover, AK Press).

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