Zapatistas: The Chiapas Revolt and What It Means For Radical Politics
by Mihalis Mentinis
Pluto Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-0-7453-2487-6 | Paper: 978-0-7453-2486-9
Library of Congress Classification F1256.M58 2006

The Zapatista Army for National Liberation burst onto the world stage on January 1, 1994. Zapatista commander Subcomandante Marcos announced a revolution and declared war on the Mexican government and global capitalism. Since then, the Zapatistas have inspired thousands of activists across the world. They have attracted much attention from political theorists and analysts. Despite this, there is little consensus about the real nature and efficacy of the movement.

Zapatistas provides a bold new approach to understanding the insurrection. Mihalis Mentinis spent nine months visiting the Zapatista autonomous zone, and the result is this unique exploration of the indigenous political theory emerging within the movement. Combining this with an analysis of the integrity of the Zaptista project, Mentinis draws on the concept of the "event" from Badiou, ideas from Situationism, the "project of autonomy" of Cornelius Castoriadis and the "constituent power" of Antonio Negri, to present a rigourous account of the movement and the impact it has had on radical political theory.

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