Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below (Latin American Perspectives in the Classroom)

Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below (Latin American Perspectives in the Classroom)

By: Marc Becker (editor), Harry E. Vanden (editor), Richard Stahler-Sholk (editor)Paperback

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This groundbreaking text explores the dramatic evolution in Latin American social movements over the past fifteen years. Leading scholars examine a variety of cases that highlight significant shifts in the region. First is the breakdown of the Washington Consensus and the global economic crisis since 2008, accompanied by the rise of new paradigms such as buen vivir (living well). Second are transformations in internal movement dynamics and strategies, especially the growth of horizontalism (horizontalidad), which emphasizes non-hierarchical relations within society rather than directly tackling state power. Third are new dynamics of resistance and repression as movements interact with the "pink tide" rise of left-of-center governments in the region. Exploring outcomes and future directions, the contributors consider the variations between movements arising from immediate circumstances (such as Oaxaca's 2006 uprising and Brazil's 2013 bus fare protests) and longer-lasting movements (Via Campesina, Brazil's MST, and Mexico's Zapatistas). Assessing both the continuities in social movement dynamics and important new tendencies, this book will be essential reading for all students of Latin American politics and society. Contributions by: Marc Becker, George Ciccariello-Maher, Kwame Dixon, Fran Espinoza, Daniela Issa, Nathalie Lebon, Maurice Rafael Magana, Maria Elena Martinez-Torres, Sara C. Motta, Leonidas Oikonomakis, Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Peter M. Rosset, Marina Sitrin, Rose J. Spalding, Richard Stahler-Sholk, Alicia Swords, Harry E. Vanden, and Raul Zibechi

About Author

Richard Stahler-Sholk is professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. Harry E. Vanden is professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs and the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of South Florida. Marc Becker is professor in the Department of History at Truman State University.


Chapter 1: Introduction, Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry E. Vanden, and Marc Becker Part I: Changing Contexts, Changing Responses Chapter 2: Reinventing Revolutions in Latin America: An "Other" Politics in Practice and Theory, Sara Motta Part II: Movement Dynamics, Strategies, and Identities Chapter 3: Challenges and Difficulties of Urban Territories in Resistance, Raul Zibechi Chapter 4: Building Horizontal Political Cultures: Youth Activism and the Legacy of the Oaxacan Social Movement of 2006, Maurice Rafael Magana Chapter 5: Praxis of Empowerment: Mistica and Mobilization in Brazil's Landless Rural Workers' Movement, Daniela Issa Chapter 6: Network Politics in the Mesoamerican Movement against the Plan Puebla-Panama, Alicia Swords Chapter 7: Por la refundacion de Honduras: Building a New Kind of Social Movement, Suyapa Portillo Villeda Chapter 8: Popular Feminism in Contemporary Brazil: Lineage and Alliances, Nathalie Lebon Chapter 9: The Contradictions of Black Cultural Politics in Salvador da Bahia: 1970s to the Present, Kwame Dixon Part III: Dealing with the (Reconstituted) State Chapter 10: Autonomy, Collective Identity, and Social Movement Strategies: The Zapatistas and Beyond, Richard Stahler-Sholk Chapter 11: Argentina: Against and Beyond the State, Marina A. Sitrin Chapter 12: Taking the Streets, Swarming Public Spaces: The 2013 Popular Protests and Social Movements in Brazil, Harry E. Vanden Chapter 13: Bolivarianism and the Venezuelan Commune, George Ciccariello-Maher Chapter 14: Correa, Indigenous Movements, and the Writing of a New Constitution in Ecuador, Marc Becker Chapter 15: Bolivia's MAS and Its Relation with the Movements That Brought It to State Power, Leonidas Oikonomakis and Fran Espinoza Part IV: Transnational Organizing Chapter 16: Horizontalism and the Anti-Mining Movement in El Salvador, Rose J. Spalding Chapter 17: Horizontal Dialogue in the Construction of Agroecology by CLOC/Via Campesina, Maria Elena Martinez and Peter M. Rosset Chapter 18: Conclusion, Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry E. Vanden, and Marc Becker

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  • ISBN13: 9781442235687
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 412
  • ID: 9781442235687
  • weight: 553
  • ISBN10: 1442235683

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