Cultures Of Politics/Politics Of Culutres / Edition 1

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Overview


Investigating the complex interrelations between culture and politics in a wide range of social movements in Latin America, this book focuses on the cultural politics enacted by social movements as they struggle for new visions and practices of citizenship, democracy, social relations, and development. The volume explores the potential of these cultural politics for fostering alternative political cultures and social transformations. Theoretical and empirical chapters assess and build upon novel conceptions of culture and politics in a variety of disciplines and fields—particularly anthropology, political science, sociology, feminist theory, and cultural studies.The notion of the cultural politics of social movements provides a lens for analyzing emergent discourses and practices grounded in society and culture, the state and political institutions, and the extent to which they may unsettle, or be reinscribed into, the dominant neoliberal strategies of the 1990s. Contributors explore how social movements—urban popular, women’s, indigenous, and black movements as well as movements for citizenship and democracy—engage in the cultural resignification of notions such as rights, equality, and difference, thus altering what counts as political. By highlighting simultaneously the cultural dimensions of the political and the political dimensions of the cultural, the book transcends the distinction between “new” and “old” social movements and thus significantly renews our understanding of them.
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Using cultural and political theory, sociology, cultural studies, feminist theory, and other recent critical theoretical literature as analytical guideposts, the 18 chapters in this volume take a multidisciplinary and transnational approach to studying the interface of culture and politics in Latin American social movements. Some of the topics explored include: women's movements and the construction of citizenship, indigenous movements as a challenge to the unified movement paradigm for Guatemala, black community organizing in Colombia, cybercultural politics in a transnational world, and the globalization of culture. Paperback edition (unseen) $25.00. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813330723
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 1.06 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Arturo Escobar is assistant professor of anthropology at Smith College. Sonia E. Alvarez is associate professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Sonia E. Alvarez is associate professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Evelina Dagnino is associate professor of political science at the State University of Campinas in São Paulo. Arturo Escobar is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. Arturo Escobar is assistant professor of anthropology at Smith College. Sonia E. Alvarez is associate professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Cultural and the Political in Latin American Social Movements 1
2 Culture, Citizenship, and Democracy: Changing Discourses and Practices of the Latin American Left 33
3 Social Rights: Conflicts and Negotiations in Contemporary Brazil 64
4 New Subjects of Rights? Women's Movements and the Construction of Citizenship in the "New Democracies," 93
5 The Explosion of Experience: The Emergence of a New Ethical-Political Principle in Popular Movements in Porto Alegre, Brazil 118
6 Ambiguity and Contradiction in a Radical Popular Movement 141
7 Indigenous Movements as a Challenge to the Unified Social Movement Paradigm for Guatemala 165
8 The Process of Black Community Organizing in the Southern Pacific Coast Region of Colombia 196
9 Black Movements and the "Politics of Identity" in Brazil 220
10 Beyond the Domestic and the Public: Colonas Participation in Urban Movements in Mexico City 252
11 Defrocking the Vatican: Feminism's Secular Project 278
12 Latin American Feminisms "Go Global": Trends of the 1990s and Challenges for the New Millennium 293
13 Cybercultural Politics: Political Activism at a Distance in a Transnational World 325
14 The Globalization of Culture and the New Civil Society 353
15 Rethinking the Spatialities of Social Movements: Questions of (B)orders, Culture, and Politics in Global Times 380
16 Toward a Culture of Participation and Citizenship: Challenges for a More Equitable World 405
17 Final Comments: Challenges to Cultural Studies in Latin America 415
18 Third World or Planetary Conflicts? 422
19 Where To? What Next? 430
About the Editors and Contributors 437
Index 441
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