Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions


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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 Transitions explores. The authors provocatively argue that although US hegemony in the region is on the wane, the traditional socialist project is also declining and something new is emerging. Going beyond simple conceptions of ‘the left’, the book reveals the true underpinnings of this powerful, transformative, and yet also complicated and contradictory process. Reviews ‘As the Millennium opened, the World Social Forum met in Brazil with the slogan ‘A New World is Possible,’ part of a global reaction to the prevailing practices of neoliberal globalization that held that ‘There is No Alternative.’ The remarkable developments in Latin America in the years since demonstrate that a new world may be in the making, not just in Latin America but perhaps reaching well beyond. The insightful and informative studies collected here reveal what has been taking place in Latin America, and the implications of these developments for the emerging world order.’ – Noam Chomsky ‘This book describes the political vision changing the lives of millions in Latin America. It is a manual of thrilling example for us all.’ – John Pilger, journalist and film-maker

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Weight 280 g
Dimensions 15.5 × 23 × 1.792 cm