Pink tide governments, radical social movements, and the practice of citizenship in twenty-first-century latin America

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Abstract

This chapter introduces the diversity of twenty-first-century Latin American social movements and makes a normative argument for the importance of radical experiments and discusses the relationship between Pink Tide governments and social movements. It focuses on those that eschew integration on more favorable terms and instead endeavor to create radically different realities within their social movement organizations and place-based communities. Wolff identifies five areas of analysis to assess the degree to which post-liberal democracy has retained the essential features of liberal democracy. The chapter also focuses on the complex and consequential realities of the largest and one of the most enduring social movement organizations in the Western Hemisphere: Movement of Landless Rural Workers of Brazil (MST). Neoliberalism’s incursion into rural Brazil wrought consequential changes, including a rural to urban exodus and a rise in rural unemployment and under-employment along with those increases in productivity celebrated by its promoters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerforming Citizenship
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Movements across the Globe
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages30-52
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781317495987
ISBN (Print)9781138889583
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2015

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