Intellectuals and Left Politics in Uruguay, 1958-2006: Frustrated Dialogue

Intellectuals and Left Politics in Uruguay, 1958-2006: Frustrated Dialogue

By: Stephen Gregory (author)Hardback

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Beginning in the year Uruguayans elected a different party into government for the first time in nearly a century, the author examines intellectuals' role in the Uruguayan lefts drive toward unity and effectiveness. Discussion focuses on fragmentation and impotence on the left; frustrated attempts at left unity in the 1960s; the creation of the centre-left Broad Front in 1971; and the defeat of all left endeavours and all dialogue in the 1973 military coup -- a prelude to a twelve-year dictatorship in which the military substituted themselves for intellectuals. The story continues in 1985, reversing the earlier trend in a record of dispersal and diversity. The author details the initial post-authoritarian anarchic cultural outburst -- part celebration, part frustration; intellectuals role in the disputes that accompanied the Broad Fronts move from democratic socialism to social democracy, and from opposition to government in 2004; and recent excursions into the long-standing Uruguayan obsession with its identity and viability as an independent nation. This book is essential reading for all those interested in interplay between intellectuals and politics in Latin America; changes in the Latin American left since the 1960s; and the leftward drift of elected governments in the Southern Cone.

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Stephen Gregory is a retired Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of New South Wales, where he is currently an Honorary Research Fellow. Dr Gregory, who now lives permanently in Montevideo with his Uruguayan wife Lilian, is the author of Intellectuals and Left Politics in Uruguay, 19582006 (Sussex Academic Press, 2009) and El rostro tras la pagina: Mario Benedetti y el fracaso de una politica del projimo (Montevideo, Ed. Estuario, 2014).


Introduction: Uruguay as a Question; From Alienation to Integration: Intellectuals, Politics & Polemics; From FIDEL to the Frente: The Uruguayan Left Looks for Someone to Talk to; Dialogue Engaged: The Frente Amplio as Coalition Interlude: The Armed Forces and Failure; The Revenge of the Foreign: Uruguay on the Eve of De(con)struction; Dialogue Resumed: Democracy, Intellectuals and the Frente Amplio in Post-Dictatorship Uruguay; Dialogue Outside Politics: Uruguay as Problem in the Twenty-first Century; Conclusion.

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  • publication date: 26/03/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781845192655
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 234
  • ID: 9781845192655
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 1845192656

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