Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics, and Culture under Chavez

Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics, and Culture under Chavez

By: David Smilde (editor), Daniel C. Hellinger (editor), Julia Buxton (contributor)Hardback

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Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy brings together a variety of perspectives on participation and democracy in Venezuela. An interdisciplinary group of contributors focuses on the everyday lives of Venezuelans, examining the forms of participation that have emerged in communal councils, cultural activities, blogs, community media, and several other forums. The essays validate many of the critiques of democracy under Chavez, as well as much of the praise. They show that while government corporatism and clientelism are constant threats, the forms of political and cultural participation discussed are creating new discourses, networks, and organizational spaces-for better and for worse. With open yet critical minds, the contributors seek to analyze Venezuela's Bolivarian democratic experience through empirical research. In doing so, they reveal a nuanced process, a richer and more complex one than is conveyed in international journalism and scholarship exclusively focused on the words and actions of Hugo Chavez.Contributors Carolina Acosta-Alzuru Julia Buxton Luis Duno Gottberg Sujatha Fernandes Maria Pilar Garcia-Guadilla Kirk A. Hawkins Daniel Hellinger Michael E. Johnson Luis E. Lander Margarita Lopez-Maya Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols Coraly Pagan Guillermo Rosas Naomi Schiller David Smilde Alejandro Velasco

About Author

David Smilde is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia and the president of the Venezuelan Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Qualitative Sociology and the author of Reason to Believe: Cultural Agency in Latin American Evangelicalism. Daniel Hellinger is Professor of Political Science at Webster University in St. Louis and the former president of the Venezuelan Studies Section. He is the author of Comparative Politics of Latin America: Democracy at Last? and a co-editor of Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era: Class, Polarization, and Conflict.


Foreword: Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy / Julia Buxton ix Introduction: Participation, Politics, and Culture-Emerging Fragments of Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy / David Smilde 1 1. Defying the Iron Law of Oligarchy I: How Does "El Pueblo" Conceive of Democracy? / Daniel Hellinger 28 2. Participatory Democracy in Venezuela: Origins, Ideas, and Implementation / Margarita Lopez Maya and Luis E. Lander 58 3. Urban Land Committees: Co-operation, Autonomy, and Protagonism / Maria Pilar Garcia-Guadilla 80 4. Catia Sees You: Community Television, Clientelism, and the State in the Chavez Era / Naomi Schiller 105 5. Radio Bemba in an Age of Electronic Media: The Dynamics of Popular Communication in Chavez's Venezuela / Sujatha Fernandes 133 6. "We Are Still Rebels": The Challenge of Popular History in Bolivarian Venezuela / Alejandro Velasco 159 7. The Misiones of the Chavez Government / Kirk A. Hawkins, Guillermo Rosas, and Michael E. Johnson 188 8. Defying the Iron Law of Oligarchy II: Debating Democracy Online in Venezuela / Daniel Hellinger 221 9. Venezuela's Telenovela: Polarization and Political Discourse in Cosita Rica / Carolina Acosta-Alzuru 246 10. The Color of Mobs: Racial Politics, Ethnopopulism, and Representation in the Chavez Era / Luis Duno Gottberg 273 11. Taking Possession of Public Discourse: Women and the Practice of Political Poetry in Venezuela / Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols 300 12. Christianity and Politics in Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy: Catholics, Evangelicals, and Political Polarization / David Smilde and Coraly Pagan 317 Afterword: Chavismo and Venezuelan Democracy in a New Decade / Daniel Hellinger 342 References 345 Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780822350248
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780822350248
  • ISBN10: 0822350246

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