Latin America's Turbulent Transitions The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism

ISBN-10: 184813567X

ISBN-13: 9781848135673

Edition: 2013

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Description: Over the past few years, something remarkable has occurred in Latin America. For the first time since the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua in the 1980s, people within the region have turned toward radical left governments - specifically in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. Why has this profound shift taken place and how does this new, so-called 'Twenty-First Century Socialism' actually manifest itself? What are we to make of the often fraught relationship between the social movements and governments in these countries and do, in fact, the latter even qualify as 'socialist' in reality?These are the bold and critical questions that 'Latin America's Turbulent Transition' explores, as the authors provocatively argue that although U.S. hegemony in the region is on the wane, the socialist project is also declining. Going beyond simple 'two-left' conceptions, the book reveals the true underpinnings of this powerful, transformative and yet also complicated and contradictory process.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 2/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Michael Fox is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Alberta.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Map
Introduction: turbulent transitions and the specter of socialism
Globalization, neoliberalism, and the rise of the social movements
The pink tide and the challenge to US hegemony
Between neo-extractivism and twenty-first-century socialism
Venezuela's twenty-first-century socialism
Bolivia's communitarian socialism
Ecuador's buen vivir socialism (by Marc Becker)
Brazil: between challenging hegemony and embracing it
Cuba: 'updating' twentieth-century socialism?
Conclusion: socialism and the long Latin American spring
Appendix: nationwide elections in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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