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Overview

This clearly written and comprehensive text examines the uprising of politically and economically marginalized groups in Latin American societies. Part introductions help students contextualize the essays, highlighting social movement origins, strategies, and outcomes. Thematic sections address historical context, political economy, community-building and consciousness, ethnicity and race, gender, movement strategies, and transnational organizing, making this book useful to anyone studying the wide range of social movements in Latin America.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Exceedingly well organized into thematic sections, each with a helpful, succinct introduction. . . . Clearly written. . . . Highly recommended. Three-star review.
March 2009 Choice
Exceedingly well organized into thematic sections, each with a helpful, succinct introduction. . . . Clearly written. . . . Highly recommended. Three-star review.
Ceu Political Science Journal
Latin American Social Movements provides an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of social movements in the region. . . . The book provides a critical challenge to capitalism as a system, and more particularly, to U.S. imperialism in Latin America. . . . Like all good books, Latin American Social Movements provokes as many questions as it answers. . . . This well-researched and convincingly argued book will be of interest to a wide audience, particularly those who seek to understand the root cause of social movement, their development and impact in emancipating marginalized groups against imperialism.
CEU Political Science Journal
Latin American Social Movements provides an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of social movements in the region….the book provides a critical challenge to capitalism as a system, and more particularly, to U.S. imperialism in Latin America….Like all good books, Latin American Social Movements provokes as many questions as it answers….This well-researched and convincingly argued book will be of interest to a wide audience, particularly those who seek to understand the root cause of social movement, their development and impact in emancipating marginalized groups against imperialism.
Philip Oxhorn
Latin American Social Movements in the Twenty-first Century offers one of the most comprehensive reviews of civil society's mobilization in the region today. Combining case studies with a broad historical overview, the volume will be of great interest to those who want to understand the dynamic challenges currently faced by Latin American democracies.
Francisco Panizza
A wide-ranging and up-to-date study of the role of social movements in the fight for social and political change in contemporary Latin America. Extremely useful for understanding grassroots politics in the region.
March 2009 CHOICE
Exceedingly well organized into thematic sections, each with a helpful, succinct introduction. . . . Clearly written. . . . Highly recommended. Three-star review.
Neil Harvey
Latin American Social Movements in the Twenty-first Century offers students up-to-date and in-depth analysis of a wide variety of popular struggles in the region. The volume provides an excellent blend of theoretical arguments and empirical analyses that will help students understand the scope and vitality of resistance movements and their potential for achieving lasting change in Latin America. Essential reading for all students of Latin American politics, sociology and anthropology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556478
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/18/2008
  • Series: Latin American Perspectives in the Classroom Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Stahler-Sholk is associate professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University. Harry E. Vanden is professor of government and international affairs at the University of South Florida. Glen David Kuecker is associate professor of Latin American history at DePauw University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald H. Chilcote Chilcote, Ronald H.

Introduction Richard Stahler-Sholk Stahler-Sholk, Richard Harry E. Vanden Vanden, Harry E. Glen David Kuecker Kuecker, Glen David 1

Pt. I Historical Continuities and New Trends 17

2 Power and Social Movements in the Other Occident: Latin America in an International Context David Slater Slater, David 21

3 Social Movements, Hegemony, and New Forms of Resistance Harry E. Vanden Vanden, Harry E. 39

Pt. II Neoliberal Globalization and Democracy Lite: The Changing Political/Economic Context of Social Movements 57

4 Mexican Popular Movements, Clientelism, and the Process of Democratization Judith Adler Hellman Hellman, Judith Adler 61

5 Struggles against Accumulation by Dispossession in Bolivia: The Political Economy of Natural Resource Contention Susan Spronk Spronk, Susan Jeffery R. Webber Webber, Jeffery R. 77

Pt. III Community-Building Strategies, Consciousness, and Agentsof Social Change 93

6 Fighting for the Forests Revisited: Grassroots Resistance to Mining in Northern Ecuador Glen David Kuecker Kuecker, Glen David 97

7 Resisting Neoliberal Homogenization: The Zapatista Autonomy Movement Richard Stahler-Sholk Stahler-Sholk, Richard 113

8 Praxis of Empowerment: Mistica and Mobilization in Brazil's Landles Rural Workers Movement Daniela Issa Issa, Daniela 131

Pt. IV Ethnicity and Race in Social and Political Movements 147

9 Zapatista Anti-Capitalist Politics and the "Other Campaign": Learning from the Struggle for Indigenous Rights and Autonomy Mariana Mora Mora, Mariana 151

10 Pachakutik and Indigenous Political Party Politics in Ecuador Marc Becker Becker, Marc 165

11 TransnationalBlack Social Movements in Latin America: Afro-Colombians and the Struggle for Human Rights Kwame Dixon Dixon, Kwame 181

12 Politics Is Uma Coisinha de Mulher (a Woman's Thing): Black Women's Leadership in Neighborhood Movements in Brazil Keisha-Khan Y. Perry Perry, Keisha-Khan Y. 197

Pt. V Gender and Women's Movements 213

13 Recasting "Popular" Movements: Gender and Political Learning in Neighborhood Organizations in Chile Veronica Schild Schild, Veronica 217

14 Casa Amiga: Feminist Community-Building in Ciudad Juarez as an Alternative to the Structural Violence of Globalization Joanna Swanger Swanger, Joanna 233

Pt. VI Repertoires and Sites of Contention: Parties, Shop Floors, and Streets 249

15 Neoliberalism, Corruption, and Legacies of Contention: Argentina's Social Movements, 1993-2006 Roberta Villalon Villalon, Roberta 253

16 New Social Movements with Old Party Politics: The MTL Piqueteros and the Communist Party in Argentina Isabella Alcaniz Alcaniz, Isabella Melissa Scheier Scheier, Melissa 271

Pt. VII Transnational Dimensions of Social Movements 287

17 Neo-Zapatista Network Politics: Transforming Democracy and Development Alicia C. S. Swords Swords, Alicia C. S. 291

18 LaVia Campesina: Transnationalizing Peasant Struggle and Hope Maria Elena Martinez-Torres Martinez-Torres, Maria Elena Peter M. Rosset Rosset, Peter M. 307

19 Neoliberal Regionalism and Resistance in Mesoamerica: Foro Mesoamericano Opposition to Plan Puebla-Panama and CAFTA Rose J. Spalding Spalding, Rose J. 323

20 Challenges Ahead for Latin America's Social Movements Glen David Kuecker Kuecker, Glen David Richard Stahler-Sholk Stahler-Sholk, Richard Harry E. Vanden Vanden, Harry E. 337

References 343

Index 377

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