Marketing Democracy: Power and Social Movements in Post-Dictatorship Chile / Edition 1

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"This will be an important book, and a powerful exemplar for the growing numbers of anthropologists who seek to place such things as democracy, citizenship, and neoliberalism under an ethnographic lens."-James Ferguson, author of Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambin Copperbelt

"In joining activism and fine ethnography, Paley enables us to appreciate the profound complexity of the links between civil society and public institutions. Chakrabarty's assessment of "the undemocratic foundations of 'democracy'" becomes a fine analytic tool as it is refracted in the words of the women of PoblaciĆ³n La Bandera."-Charles Briggs, author of Learning How to Ask

"Paley has produced an insightful and fascinating exploration of the shifting meanings of democracy for the Chilean state and for shantytown activists across the Pinochet dictatorship and through the contradictory democratic politics of the 1990s. The marketing of democracy is a highly relevant issue for societies and states throughout the world."-Kay Warren, author of Indigenous Movements and Their Critics: Pan-Maya Activism in Guatemala

"An important challenge to Polyanna conventional wisdoms about democratic transitions and neo-liberal miracles in Chile and its neighbors."-Peter Winn, author of Weavers of Revolution

"This is anthropology as the observation of and involvement in, the new, participatory politics of the previously excluded."-Sally Falk Moore, author of Law as Process

Author Biography: Julia Paley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520227682
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 1,181,094
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Paley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
La Bandera in the Social Imaginary 21
Pt. 1 History of Collective Action 27
1 The Founding of the Poblacion 39
2 Military Rule 59
3 Transition to Democracy 83
Pt. 2 Ethnography of Democracy 107
4 Marketing Democracy 111
5 The Paradox of Participation 140
6 Legitimation of Knowledge 182
Epilogue 211
An Ethnographic Study by the Health Group Llareta 218
Notes 225
References 235
Index 245
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