In this penetrating volume, Jeffery Webber charts the political dynamics and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades.
Throughout the 2000s, Latin America transformed itself into the leading edge of anti-neoliberal resistance in the world. But what is left of the Pink Tide today? What are the governments' relationships to the explosive social movements that first propelled them to power? And as China's demand for Latin American commodities slackens, is there a viable economic strategy based on continued natural resource extraction?
Webber approaches these questions through an analysis of capitalist accumulation from 1990 to 2015 in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela. He explains these countries' patterns of inequality through a decolonial Marxist framework, rooted in a new understanding of class and its complex associations with racial and gender oppression. He also discusses indigenous and peasant resistance to the expansion of private mining, agro-industry and natural gas and oil activities. The book concludes with chapters on 'passive revolution' in Bolivia under Evo Morales and debates around dual power and class composition during the era of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
Jeffery R. Webber is Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Red October (Haymarket Books, 2012), From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia (Haymarket Books, 2011) and The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same (Pluto, 2017). With Todd Gordon, he is co-author of Blood of Extraction (Fernwood Publishing, 2016).
1. Latin America's Second Independence 2. Global Crisis and Latin American Tendencies: The Political Economy of the New Latin American Left 3. Contemporary Latin American Inequality: Class Struggle, Decolonization, and the Limits of Liberal Citizenship 4. The Indigenous Community as 'Living Organism': Jose Carlos Mariategui, Romantic Marxism, and Extractive Capitalism in the Andes 5. Chile's New Left: More Than a Student Movement 6. Evo Morales and the Political Economy of Passive Revolution in Bolivia, 2006-2016 7. The Long March East: Evo Morales and the Consolidation of Agrarian Capitalism in Bolivia 8. Dual Powers, Class Compositions, and the Venezuelan People: Reflections on 'We Created Chavez' Conclusion: From Hegemony to Impasse Acknowledgements Index