The Left Strikes Back: Class Conflict in Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism

The Left Strikes Back: Class Conflict in Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism

by James Petras, James Petras, James F. Petras
     
 

The Left Strikes Back addresses the neglected topic of popular resistance to capital globalization and neoliberal polices, and considers the future of the revolutionary left in this region. James Petras shows that the current stage of capital globalization and the weakening of the ability of established popular groups to defend themselves have generated an

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The Left Strikes Back addresses the neglected topic of popular resistance to capital globalization and neoliberal polices, and considers the future of the revolutionary left in this region. James Petras shows that the current stage of capital globalization and the weakening of the ability of established popular groups to defend themselves have generated an important organized response on the part of those whose standard of living is most undermined and threatened by the process. The book argues convincingly that we can now see the emerging forms of resistance in new, popular organizations that, while frequently local and provincial, nevertheless have developed an international consciousness. By discussing their spatial-economic focus, social base, style of political action, and political perspective, The Left Strikes Back both identifies and differentiates the different waves of the left. Further, it presents data documenting the growth, contradictions, and political challenges that confront these burgeoning socio-political movements.

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Petras (sociology, State U. of New York-Binghamtom) looks at the growing popular resistance to the globalization of capital and neoliberal policies. He argues that the weakening and neutralization of established groups has generated a response from the people who are most threatened by globalization, and that though many of the new forms of resistance are still local and provincial, they have developed an international consciousness. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813335544
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Latin American Perspectives Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

James Petras is professor of sociology at SUNY–Binghamton. He is the coauthor of Democracy and Poverty in Chile: The Limits to Electoral Politics (Westview, 1994).

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