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Towards Just and Sustainable EconomiesThe Social and Solidarity Economy North and South$
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Peter North and Molly Scott Cato

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327226

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327226.001.0001

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Being a Zapatista wherever you are: reflections on academic-activist practice from Latin America to the UK

Being a Zapatista wherever you are: reflections on academic-activist practice from Latin America to the UK

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(p.235) Thirteen Being a Zapatista wherever you are: reflections on academic-activist practice from Latin America to the UK
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Towards Just and Sustainable Economies
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Paul Chatterton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327226.003.0013

This chapter reflects on the experiences of undertaking solidarity work with the Zapatista social movement in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas, and what this means for building the solidarity economy. It focuses on six themes: education that challenges neoliberalism, developing resources with social movements, a commitment to participatory organising, building infrastructure for self-management, taking a strategic approach, and taking risks. The paper stresses that ‘being a Zapatista wherever you are’ is a rocky road which opens up openings and possibilities. It is a long journey with no clear endpoint that requires patience, openness, strength and compassion, but it is one that the author encourages the readers to embark upon joyfully with others.

Keywords:   Zapatista, Mexico, self management, popular education, scholar activism, social movements, solidarity economy, neoliberalism

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