Latin America's Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism

Latin America's Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism

By: Roger Burbach (author), Gregory Wilpert (author), Federico Fuentes (author), Michael Fox (author)Paperback

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Over the past few years, something remarkable has occurred in Latin America. For the first time since the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua in the 1980s, people within the region have turned toward radical left governments - specifically in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Why has this profound shift taken place and how does this new, so-called Twenty-First-Century Socialism actually manifest itself? What are we to make of the often fraught relationship between the social movements and governments in these countries and do, in fact, the latter even qualify as 'socialist' in reality? These are the bold and critical questions that Latin America's Turbulent Transitions explores. The authors provocatively argue that although US hegemony in the region is on the wane, the traditional socialist project is also declining and something new is emerging. Going beyond simple conceptions of 'the left', the book reveals the true underpinnings of this powerful, transformative, and yet also complicated and contradictory process.

About Author

Roger Burbach was director of the Center for the Study of the Americas and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote extensively on Latin America and US foreign policy for over four decades. He died in 2015. Michael Fox is a former editor of NACLA Report on the Americas. He has worked for many years as a freelance journalist, radio reporter, and documentary film-maker covering Latin America. He is the co-author of Venezuela Speaks!: Voices from the Grassroots (2010) and the co-director of the documentary films Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas and Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action, both available through PM Press. He is on the board of and his articles have been published in The Nation, Yes Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and more. His work can be found at Federico Fuentes edits Bolivia Rising, is on the board of, and is a regular contributor to the Australian-based newspaper Green Left Weekly, serving as part of its Caracas bureau from 2007 to 2010. He has co-authored three books with Marta Harnecker on the new left in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay. His articles have been published with ZNet, Counterpunch, MRZine,, Aporrea, Rebelion, America XXI, Comuna, and other publications and websites in both Spanish and English.


Introduction: Turbulent Transitions and the Specter of Socialism 1. Globalization, Neoliberalism, and the Rise of the Social Movements 2. The Pink Tide and the Challenge to US Hegemony 3. Between Neo-Extractivism and Twenty-First-Century Socialism 4. Venezuela's Twenty-First-Century Socialism 5. Bolivia's Communitarian Socialism 6. Ecuador's Buen Vivir Socialism (by Marc Becker) 7. Brazil: Between Challenging Hegemony and Embracing It 8. Cuba: 'Updating' Twentieth-Century Socialism? 9. Conclusion: Socialism and the Long Latin American Spring Appendix: Nationwide Elections in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador

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  • ISBN13: 9781848135673
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781848135673
  • ISBN10: 184813567X

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