In Makers of Democracy, A. Ricardo López-Pedreros offers a multidimensional approach to the disputed processes through which particular social actors came to represent the middle classes and the promises of democracy. The author criticizes the usually unquestioned bond between the middle classes and democracy and calls for a pluralization of the ways that we investigate, understand, and write about these powerful problems. López-Pedreros analyzes the transnational formation of middle classes in Bogotá during the 1960s and 1970s, giving attention to dynamics of gender differentiation. During these two decades there was an expansion of US power in Latin America, and in Colombia development programs and social reform initiatives tried to reorganize the relationships between state and society in the context of the National Front, increased urbanization, and political turmoil.

López-Pedreros traces how the changes in material and discursive conditions intertwined with the...

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