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The New Latin American Left

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Chapter 1: Introduction: The Latin American Left in Theory and Practice Jeffery R. Webber and Barry Carr Part I: Theoretical Issues Chapter 2: Socialist Strategies in Latin America Claudio Katz Chapter 3: The Latin American Left in the Face of the New Imperialism Henry Veltmeyer Chapter 4: Neoliberal Class Formation(s): The Informal Proletariat and "New" Workers' Organizations in Latin America Susan Spronk Chapter 5: Revolution in Times of Neoliberal Hegemony: The Political Strategy of the MST in Brazil and the EZLN in Mexico Leandro Vergara-Camus Chapter 6: Barrio Women and Popular Politics in Chavez's Venezuela Sujatha Fernandes Part II: Case Studies of the New Latin American Left Chapter 7: From Left-Indigenous Insurrection to Reconstituted Neoliberalism in Bolivia: Political Economy, Indigenous Liberation, and Class Struggle, 2000-2011 Jeffery R. Webber Chapter 8: Venezuela: An Electoral Road to Twenty-First-Century Socialism? Gregory Wilpert Chapter 9: Ecuador: Indigenous Struggles and the Ambiguities of Electoral Power Marc Becker Chapter 10: Crisis and Recomposition in Argentina Emilia Castorina Chapter 11: Trade Unions, Social Conflict, and the Political Left in Present-Day Brazil: Between Breach and Compromise Ricardo Antunes Chapter 12: Neoliberal Authoritarianism, the "Democratic Transition," and the Mexican Left Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui Chapter 13: The Chilean Left after 1990: An Izquierda Permitida Championing Transnational Capital, A Historical Left Ensnared in the Past, and a New Radical Left in Gestation Fernando Leiva Chapter 14: From Guerrillas to Government: The Continued Relevance of the Central American Left Hector Perla Jr., Marco Mojica, and Jared Bibler Chapter 15: The Overthrow of a Moderate and the Birth of a Radicalizing Resistance: The Coup against Manuel Zelaya and the History of Imperialism and Popular Struggle in Honduras Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber

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Jeffery R. Webber is lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London. Barry Carr is professor, Institute of Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, and visiting professor of Latin American history, University of California, Berkeley.


This volume provides a valuable focus on intraleft dynamics-the ever-shifting relations between party leaders and their allies in civil society. As a whole, the essays provide informed and in-depth analysis of such dynamics. . . .Overall, the book's focus, critical stance, and extensive coverage make it a good candidate for classroom adoption. For instructors seeking to make contemporary Latin American politics come to life, the ground-level perspective of these essays provides a good start. * Latin American Politics and Society * This is a densely argued text demonstrating high-quality research. . . . Many of the contributors provide valuable historical backgrounds, making it a highly useful teaching aid. * Bulletin of Latin American Research * The resurgence of the Left in Latin America has shifted the entire political landscape in the hemisphere and, indeed, worldwide. The new Latin American Left has challenged the neoliberal order and placed socialism back on the agenda. In the process, it has raised fundamental questions over political struggle and social change in this age of global capitalism. Webber and Carr have assembled an expert interdisciplinary team on the theory and practice of the twenty-first-century Latin American Left. The contributions take up a variety of theoretical issues, ranging from political strategy to neoliberal class formation and the prospects of revolution, as well as cutting-edge case studies, among them the burgeoning social movements of the indigenous, the landless, workers and the poor, to Argentina's experience, the Mexican Left, and Venezuela's experiment in twenty-first-century socialism. This volume is must reading for all those who wish to understand the political thunder emanating from Latin America and the insights it offers for transformative possibilities around the world in this new century. -- William I. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara; author of Latin America and Global Capitalism This important book systematically and thoroughly addresses the question of just how left are the leftist governments that have come to power in Latin America at the outset of the twenty-first century. Individual chapters offer different assessments. The chapters on Venezuela and Nicaragua recognize significant breakthroughs even while the governments of both nations face considerable problems, some of their own making. At the other extreme, Chile and Argentina are characterized as 'the authorized Left' in that they fail to break in any significant way with the established structures and are therefore accepted by Washington policymakers as legitimate. The conclusions challenge the simplistic thesis of the 'good Left' (e.g., Lula) and the 'bad Left' (e.g., Chavez). Extending the debate regarding the twenty-first-century Left to new territory, this groundbreaking collection thus represents a welcome contribution to the study of contemporary Latin American politics. -- Steve Ellner, author of Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict, and the Chavez Phenomenon

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