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Cultures Of Politics/politics Of Cultures : Revisioning Latin American Social Movements

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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 fieldsparticularly anthropology, political science, sociology, feminist theory, and cultural studies. }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 fieldsparticularly 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 movementsurban popular, womens, indigenous, and black movements as well as movements for citizenship and democracyengage 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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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31.75mm | 793.79g
  • Westview Press Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • 0813330718
  • 9780813330716

Table of contents

Introduction: The Cultural and the Political in Latin American Social Movements; (Sonia E. Alvarez, Evelina Dagnino, and Arturo Escobar. ); The Cultural Politics Of Citizenship, Democracy, And The State; Culture, Citizenship, and Democracy: Changing Discourses and Practices of the Latin American Left; (E. Dagnino. ); Social Rights: Conflicts and Negotiations in Contemporary Brazil; (Maria Celia Paoli and Vera da Silva Telles. ); New Subjects of Rights? Womens Movements and the Construction of Citizenship in the New Democracies; (Vernica Schild. ); The Explosion of Experience: The Emergence of a New Ethical-Political Principle in Popular Movements in Porto Alegre, Brazil; (Srgio Gregrio Baierle. ); The Cultural Politics Of Ethnicity, Race, And Gender; Ambiguity and Contradiction in a Radical Popular Movement; (Jeffrey Rubin. ); Indigenous Movements as a Challenge to the Unified Social Movement Paradigm for Guatemala; (Kay B. Warren. ); The Process of Black Community Organizing in the Southern Pacific Coast of Colombia; (Libia Grueso, Carlos Rosero, and A. Escobar. ); Black Movements and the Politics of Identity in Brazil; (Olivia Maria Gomes da Cunha. ); Beyond the Domestic and the Public: Colonas Participation in Urban Movements in Mexico City; (Miguel Daz-Barriga. ); Defrocking the Vatican: Feminisms Secular Project; (Jean Franco. ); Globalization, Transnationalism, And Civil Society; Latin American Feminisms Go Global: Trends of the 1990s and Challenges for the New Millennium; (S. E. Alvarez. ); Cybercultural Politics: Political Activism at a Distance in a Transnational World; (Gustavo Lins Ribeiro. ); The Globalization of Culture and the New Civil Society; (George Ydice. ); Rethinking the Spatialities of Social Movements: Questions of (B)orders, Culture, and Politics in Global Times; (David Slater. ); Theoretical And Methodological Reflections On The Cultural And The Political In Latin American Social Movements; Toward a Culture of Participation and Citizenship: Challenges for a More Equitable World; (Elizabeth Jelin. ); Final Comments: Challenges to Cultural Studies in Latin America; (Paulo J. Krischke. ); Third World or Planetary Conflicts?; (Alberto Melucci. ); Where To? What Next?; (Mary Louise Pratt.)
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About Sonia E. Alvarez

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 Sao 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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