Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization, and Transnational Networks

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The two current trends of democratization and deepening economic liberalization have made Latin American countries a ground for massive defensive mobilization campaigns and have created new sites of popular struggle. In this edited volume on Latin American social movements, original chapters are combined with peer-reviewed articles from the well-regarded journal Mobilization. Four sections represent major themes in Latin American social movement research. An introductory section is followed by one discussing ...

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Overview

The two current trends of democratization and deepening economic liberalization have made Latin American countries a ground for massive defensive mobilization campaigns and have created new sites of popular struggle. In this edited volume on Latin American social movements, original chapters are combined with peer-reviewed articles from the well-regarded journal Mobilization. Four sections represent major themes in Latin American social movement research. An introductory section is followed by one discussing large-scale collective action by civil society against economic liberalization policies. The third section focuses on democratic transition in the context of neoliberalism. The fourth section examines two important cases of women's empowerment through protest mobilization, while the final section includes case studies on the strategic mobilization of Latin American movements. The volume includes original chapters on the Madres de Plaza de Mayo movement in Argentina and the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico. Also included in its coverage of the region's major movements are los piqueteros and antisweatshop labor organizing. This is the first study to focus closely on the related issues of neoliberal globalization, democratization, and the workings of transnational advocacy networks in Latin America.

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Editorial Reviews

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Recommended.
Contemporary Sociology
Latin American Social Movements is appropriate for students in advanced undergraduate classes, as well as for graduate students. The volume contributes an understanding of how various Latin American popular mobilizations are responding to neoliberalism, in some instances through linkages with transnational networks.
Allen Cordero
The current political situation in Latin America is dynamic and complex. The relatively democratic regimes in the region attempt to contain the outpouring of popular discontent triggered by the deepening of neoliberalism, but often social movements go beyond what is officially tolerated by these states. This edited volume by Hank Johnston and Paul Almeida makes an excellent contribution to our understanding of the creative force of Latin American social movements in the context of globalization.
Maria da Glória Gohn
Latin American Social Movements is a panorama of the various types of social movements that have arisen under the new context of liberalization in Latin America. It analyzes protests against the privatization caused by neoliberal policies, cuts in urban public services, and demands for adequate housing and land. It also discusses claims for social justice and environmental protection. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know and understand the current social mobilizations, the wave of contentions, and the new types of popular movements that appeared in Latin America in 1990 and continue today.
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John Walton
This collection details the evolving pattern of popular mobilizations across Latin America. At the intersection of punishing neoliberal development policies and growing democratization, the authors discover the paradoxical blend of human costs and political opportunities that we call globalization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742553316
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/11/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Johnston is editor of Mobilization: An International Journal, San Diego State University, where he teaches social psychology and social change. Paul Almeida is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Popular Protest in the Neoliberal Era Chapter 2 Neoliberal Globalization and Popular Movements in Latin America Chapter 3 Austerity Protests and Immiserating Growth in Mexico and Argentina Chapter 4 Popular Protest in Venezuela: Novelties and Continuities Chapter 5 Social Movement Unionism, Social Movement Partyism, and Policy Outcomes: Health Care Privatization in El Salvador Part 6 Democratization and the New Contentious Politics Chapter 7 Clientelism and Democracy in Mexico: The Role of Strong and Weak Networks Chapter 8 Claim Network Analysis: How Are Social ProtestsTransformed into Political Protests in Mexico? Part 9 Gendered Resistance and Neoliberalism Chapter 10 The Mature Resistance of Argentina's Madres de Plaza de Mayo Chapter 11 A Place of Their Own? Women Organizers in the Maquilas of Mexico and Nicaragua Part 12 The Moral Economy of Protest Participation Chapter 13 The Moral Politics of Argentine Crowds Chapter 14 Families, Fields, and Fighting for Land: The Spatial Dynamics of Contention in Rural Brazil Part 15 Transnational Dimensions of Latin American Social Movements Chapter 16 The Zapatistas and Transnational Framing Chapter 17 When Local Troubles Become Transnational: The Transformation of a Guatemalan Indigenous Rights Movement Chapter 18 Transnational Labor Mobilizing in Two Mexican Maquiladoras

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