Democratic Autonomy in North Kurdistan

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Democratic Autonomy in North Kurdistan
 

The Council Movement, Gender Liberation, and Ecology

Authored by TATORT Kurdistan
Translated by Janet Biehl

In order to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question, the Kurdish Freedom Movement in Turkey have developed an alternative social model: Democratic Autonomy.

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.


Publication Date:
2013-11-17
ISBN/EAN13:
8293064269 / 9788293064268
Page Count:
212
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / World / Middle Eastern




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