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.

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