Self-Defense as a Revolutionary Practice in Rojava, or How to Unmake the State

“Based on observations and interviews I conducted in Jazira,2 I argue that the example of the Rojava revolution in Syria and ways in which self-defense and justice are practiced within the revolution inspire feminists, socialists, and other oppositional groups to rethink violence and law as well as an antimilitarist redistribution of the means of violence and justice. The Rojava revolution, through democratic autonomy, poses a challenge to the politics of sovereignty and biopolitics.”

The South Atlantic Quarterly 115:1, January 2016 doi 10.1215/00382876-3425024 © 2016 Duke University Press



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