Zibechi argues that a new world or really, worlds , a different "society in movement" already exists in remote rural areas of Latin America, but also in the peripheries of large cities, among the indigenous and various marginalized social sectors the Zapatistas being the best example, but Zibechi finds many others. New social subjects, whose power comes from their fragmentation, difference and dispersion, have challenged neo-liberalism and constructed their own material autonomy, rooting themselves in spatial territories and creating their own forms of education, health care, transportation, food production, decision-making, conflict resolution, etc.
Outside of institutions, invisible to the spotlight of media and academics, in the sphere of everyday life and "reproduction," these societies in movement continue to unevenly destabilize the region. Of course they've also been connected to massive social protest, uprisings, factory occupations, road blockades, general strikes, riots, the bringing down of numerous governments, etc.
Even within a single country, they value and affirm their differences and spurn centralization: For Zibechi these movements express a different cosmovision, emerging from "pre-capitalist" or rather, non-capitalist, since the cosmovision itself rejects any linear view of history cultures, deconstructing patriarchy and often protagonized by women, youth, peasants, the poor - not the traditional working class: The long book, which covers almost every country in Latin America, ends with an interview with Michael Hardt and Alvaro Reyes that is kind of amusing and shows the limits of his politics.
Trying to get Zibechi to endorse Chavez and democracy, Zibechi gently says that the extractivist model continues in Venezuela and rejects democracy as Eurocentric. May 04, Sydney added it Shelves: And Zibechi did make me think. I liked his mix of case studies and history, then social theory and analysis.
This gave me a different lens to consider not just the case studies in this book, but other movements as well. It seems to me that the successful social movements in the US black civil rights, feminism have also been part of society in movement — the whole society changed. For example, climate change….
Maybe we need to move society to a different place, where it is not about efficient production, but about less consumption? This did not feel like a static, rigid translation.
I would probably take a stab at it in Spanish, though, just to see. Feb 14, Mainzer rated it it was amazing. May 10, Nic Paget-Clarke rated it it was amazing.
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Two of his books have recently been translated into English: In this serving of Padkos we are dishing up an essay from his latest book that examines struggles in Latin American shack settlements. If a specter is haunting Latin American elites at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is for sure living in the peripheries of the large cities. The main challenges to the dominant system in the last two decades have emerged from the heart of the poor urban peripheries.
Click here to download this chapter in pdf. 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.
Like us, he goes with questions, questions that stretch far beyond the borders of Bolivia. How do we change the world and create a different one? How do we get rid of capitalism?