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This concluding chapter revisits and extends the arguments developed throughout the text. The essays in the book reveal the contradictory faces of the Latin American “Pink Tide” governments of the early 2000s, illustrating the ways policies promoting extractivism, the policing of activism, and new forms of participation have created uneven terrain for activism. The outcome has been the creation of dynamic and heterogeneous fields of contestation, in which victories may be partial, but social movements are not entirely contained. Instead, they repeatedly overflow the boundaries of political and economic regimes and conventional social activism, as well as national borders, preexisting organizing structures, and categories of scholarly analysis. By engaging, but also exceeding, normative political prescriptions, political overflow may fracture movements, but may also open, defend, or extend new democratic spaces, even in the context of the region’s rightward turn.

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