Community Geographies. Community Mapping and Social Cartography: creative, pedagogical, intervention and community accompaniment processes for the social management of territories.

Community Geographies is a Book and Workbook. It is the expression of various creative social processes, pedagogical, intervention and community accompaniment, always permeated by trust. It is the result of the personal and professional experience of more than 20 years of collaboration with Popular Education initiatives, Social Movements and also in critical dialogue in academic spaces.

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Community Geographies is a Book and Workbook. It is the expression of various creative social processes, pedagogical, intervention and community accompaniment, always permeated by trust. It is the result of the personal and professional experience of more than 20 years of collaboration with Popular Education initiatives, Social Movements and also in critical dialogue in academic spaces. It is proposed as a way of thinking, being and doing in the midst of social diversity and for the care, defense of territories and for a dignified life. With commitment, an ethical and political attitude and with a conceptual and methodological perspective of liberation, it has the challenge of contributing to the visibility of the community and common action. In the collective construction of territorial knowledge to position the practices, looks, narratives, projects, dreams, desires and utopias of the original Peoples and Nations, in the face of the attempts to dispossess and plunder the territories. This proposal adds to the urgent call to critically articulate dialogue and the ecology of knowledge, with other thoughts, epistemology, ontology, pedagogy and narrative for life.

In the context of terror and assassination of community leaders in Mexico, today it is imperative to shout, to leave the silences, to visualize and to position the community geographies for the dignified life and the territories. For this reason, new, more creative ways of knowing, discovering and thinking about the research practice carried out from academic circles are invited, in an ethical, respectful, comprehensive and useful way to Indigenous Peoples, peasants and afrodescendants of Mexico and Abya Yala – Latin America.

It has been written with great pleasure and encouragement to share in an independent, self-managed edition, but with the selfless support of many friends committed to people and their territories. This work in dual format book-book, is the personal journey through different territories, community experiences and companionship, on the one hand recovers the conceptual reflection and on the other invites concrete practice for the recognition, care, defense and management of territories. It is aimed at promoters, facilitators, researchers and community activists; of course also for those who accompany these processes: solidarity activists and academics.

BLUE BOOK OF COMMUNITY GEOGRAPHIES

The colleague and friend David Jiménez Ramos, made available to all the book Blue, where he shares tools for participatory work.

Mapping Life

Practices, knowledge, knowledge and sciences for all.

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This is a travel book, to carry in your backpack and walk…

It is a self-managed edition, has been made with its own resources and based on multiple exercises of building collective knowledge, with and from different territories. It aspires to be a contribution to the care and defense of territories. It is the result of collective work with Communities, Organizations, Collectives, Nations, Peoples and Cultures of Mexico.

It does NOT pursue profit purposes, but cultural, creative and educational, so it is recommended its wide reproduction and free dissemination, as long as its content is not altered or privately commercialized or appropriated. The material presented here may be freely disseminated, although it would be highly appreciated if the source were cited.

This publication is a tool to fight against capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy in all its expressions, so we invite all readers to reproduce and distribute by any means possible, of which the most powerful is suggested: by word of mouth, in community and in the always do – learn workshops.

You are free to copy, distribute and publicly communicate the work, as well as make derivative works, under the following conditions: you must acknowledge the authorship of the work in the terms specified by the author himself. If you alter, transform or create a work from it, you can only distribute the resulting work under a license equal to this one.

Commercial reproduction of this work is only permitted to cooperatives, non-profit organizations and collectives, to self-managed workers’ organizations, and where there are no exploitative relationships. Any surplus or surplus value obtained by the exercise of the rights granted by this work must be distributed by and among the workers. Page 6