We Created Ch�vez A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution

ISBN-10: 0822354527
ISBN-13: 9780822354529
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Since being elected president in 1998, Hugo Chávez has become the face of contemporary Venezuela and, more broadly, anticapitalist revolution. George Ciccariello-Maher contends that this focus on Chávez has obscured the inner dynamics and historical development of the country’s Bolivarian Revolution. In We Created Chávez, by examining social movements and revolutionary groups active before and during the Chávez era, Ciccariello-Maher provides a broader, more nuanced account of Chávez’s rise to power and the years of activism that preceded it.Based on interviews with grassroots organizers, former guerrillas, members of neighborhood militias, and government officials, Ciccariello-Maher presents a new history of Venezuelan political activism, one told from below. Led by leftist guerrillas, women, Afro-Venezuelans, indigenous people, and students, the social movements he discusses have been struggling against corruption and repression since 1958. Ciccariello-Maher pays particular attention to the dynamic interplay between the Chávez government, revolutionary social movements, and the Venezuelan people, recasting the Bolivarian Revolution as a long-term and multifaceted process of political transformation.

Acknowledgments
Map of Venezuela
Introduction. What People? Whose History?
A Guerrilla History
Reconnecting with the Masses
Birth of the "Tupamaros"
First Interlude. The Caracazo
History Splits in Two
Sergio's Blood
Student Struggles from the University to the Streets
Manuelita's Boots
Women between Two Movements
Jos� Leonardo's Body and the Collapse of Mestizaje
Second Interlude. Every Eleventh Has Its Thirteenth
Venezuelan Workers
Aristocracy or Revolutionary Class?
Oligarchs Tremble!
Peasant Struggles at the Margins of the State
A New Proletariat?
Informal Labor and the Revolutionary Streets
Conclusion. Dual Power against the Magical State
Notes
Index

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