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Democratic Autonomy in North Kurdistan

Democratic Autonomy in North Kurdistan

The Council Movement, Gender Liberation, and Ecology

TATORT Kurdistan (Authors); Janet Biehl (Translator)

$19.95
  • Publisher: New Compass Press
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 211
  • Released: Dec 2, 2013
  • ISBN-13: 9788293064268

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In the fall of 2011, a group of TATORT activists journeyed into the Kurdish regions of Turkey to learn how the theory of Democratic Autonomy was being put into practice. They discovered a remarkable experiment in face-to-face democracy—all the more notable for being carried out in wartime.

Since 2005, under the most difficult of conditions, the movement in North Kurdistan has created structures for a democratic, ecological and gender-liberated society. At its core is a system of councils in villages, cities, and neighborhoods. These structures do not yet offer a way of life that is fully independent of the nation-state and the market economy, but they nonetheless reveal a potent civil counter-power.

The interviews and documentation in this book provide thought provoking glimpses into the practical implementation of a new left vision. The radical democratic awakening of the Kurds may serve as an inspiration for social change in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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