Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization, and Transnational Networks

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The two current trends of democratization and deepening economic liberalization have made Latin American countries a ground for massive defensive mobilization campaigns and have created new sites of popular struggle. In this edited volume on Latin American social movements, original chapters are combined with peer-reviewed articles from the well-regarded journal Mobilization. Four sections represent major themes in Latin American social movement research. An introductory section is followed by one discussing large-scale collective action by civil society against economic liberalization policies. The third section focuses on democratic transition in the context of neoliberalism. The fourth section examines two important cases of women's empowerment through protest mobilization, while the final section includes case studies on the strategic mobilization of Latin American movements. The volume includes original chapters on the Madres de Plaza de Mayo movement in Argentina and the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico. Also included in its coverage of the region's major movements are los piqueteros and antisweatshop labor organizing. This is the first study to focus closely on the related issues of neoliberal globalization, democratization, and the workings of transnational advocacy networks in Latin America.

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Hank Johnston is editor of Mobilization: An International Journal, San Diego State University, where he teaches social psychology and social change. Paul Almeida is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University.

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"the authors discover the paradoxical blend of human costs and political opportunities that we call globalization." --John Walton, University of California, Davis

"This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know and understand the current social mobilizations." --Maria da Glória Gohn, The University of Campinas and Uninove University, Brazil

"This edited volume by Hank Johnston and Paul Almeida makes an excellent contribution to our understanding of the creative force of Latin American social movements in the context of globalization." --Allen Cordero, FLACSO, Costa Rica

"The volume contributes an understanding of how various Latin American popular mobilizations are responding to neoliberalism." --Contemporary Sociology

"Recommended." --Choice

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