An Echo That Reechoes: Transnational Activism and the Resonance of Zapatismo

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Alex C. Khasnabish


In this paper I examine the resonance of Zapatismo amongst political activists in Canada and the United States. Specifically, I look at how and why activists in Canada and the US have been galvanized by the Zapatista struggle and how it shapes their own political practices and struggles within contexts far removed from Chiapas, Mexico. Rather than signaling the birth of a new internationalism, I argue that the intersection of Zapatismo with diverse communities of North American activists has yielded unanticipated and even powerful results, many of which are predicated on a new kind of political imagination. Often explicitly, these political projects aim at articulating various forms of “autonomy” and interconnectedness in relation to the new neoliberal world order by melding novel political, aesthetic, and cultural approaches to activism, a melding which speaks to the deep and complex impact of Zapatismo upon the search for new political spaces and practices.

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Khasnabish, A. C. (2006). An Echo That Reechoes: Transnational Activism and the Resonance of Zapatismo. AmeriQuests, 2(1).
Author Biography

Alex C. Khasnabish, McMaster University

Alex Khasnabish recently completed his doctoral degree in anthropology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship as well as two Graduate Student Research Fellowships from the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition in support of his doctoral research on the transnational resonance of Zapatismo. He is also a research collaborator with the SSHRCC MCRI Globalization & Autonomy Project and a member of the North American Social Forum Working Group organized by Dr. Jackie Smith at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.