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Beyond Civil Society:

Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America

Edited by Sonia E. Alvarez, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Millie Thayer, Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Agustín Laó-Montes

The contributors to Beyond Civil Society argue that the conventional distinction between civic and uncivic protest, and between activism in institutions and in the streets, does not accurately describe the complex interactions of forms and locations of activism characteristic of twenty-first-century Latin America. They show that most contemporary political activism in the region relies upon both confrontational collective action and civic participation at different moments. Operating within fluid, dynamic, and heterogeneous fields of contestation, activists have not been contained by governments or conventional political categories, but rather have overflowed their boundaries, opening new democratic spaces or extending existing ones in the process. These essays offer fresh insight into how the politics of activism, participation, and protest are manifest in Latin America today while providing a new conceptual language and an interpretive framework for examining issues that are critical for the future of the region and beyond.

Contributors. Sonia E. Alvarez, Kiran Asher, Leonardo Avritzer, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Andrea Cornwall, Graciela DiMarco, Arturo Escobar, Raphael Hoetmer, Benjamin Junge, Luis E. Lander, Agustín Laó-Montes, Margarita López Maya, José Antonio Lucero, Graciela Monteagudo, Amalia Pallares, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Ana Claudia Teixeira, Millie Thayer

Bibliographic Information

Title: 
Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America
Edited by: 
  • Sonia E. Alvarez
  • Jeffrey W. Rubin
  • Millie Thayer
  • Gianpaolo Baiocchi
  • Agustín Laó-Montes
Published: 
2017-05-05
Copyright year: 
  • 2017
ISBN electronic: 
978-0-8223-7335-3
ISBN cloth: 
978-0-8223-6307-1
ISBN paper: 
978-0-8223-6325-5

Author Bio

  • Sonia E. Alvarez is Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jeffrey W. Rubin is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. Millie Thayer is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Gianpaolo Baiocchi is Associate Professor of Individualized Studies and Sociology at New York University. Agustín Laó-Montes is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Arturo Escobar is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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