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

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Hardback 412 Pages / Published: 26/12/2014
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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

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442235670
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
With engaging essays documenting grassroots resistance to neoliberalism across Latin America, this volume is a must-read for anyone interested in how ordinary people are challenging and changing the meaning of democracy in the region. -- Susan Eckstein, Boston University
The contributors to this fine collection tackle a series of crucial issues facing new social movement actors in Latin America as they engage with the progressive governments of the `Pink Tide.' How the new `horizontalist' social movements cope with the more pragmatic concerns and practices of the center-left governments will shape the agenda for the left in the post-neoliberal era. -- Barry Carr, La Trobe University, Australia

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