Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Iselin Åsedotter Strønen
    Pages 1-28 Open Access
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    Pages 29-55 Open Access
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 331-357

About this book


This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
This book presents an ethnographic study of how grassroots activism in Venezuela during the Chávez presidency can be understood in relation to the country's history as a petro-state. Taking the contested relationship between the popular sectors and the Venezuelan state as a point of departure, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen explores how notions such as class, race, state, bureaucracy, popular politics, capitalism, neoliberalism, consumption, oil wealth, and corruption gained salience in the Bolivarian process. A central argument is that the Bolivarian process was an attempt to challenge the practices, ideas, and values inherited from Venezuela's historical development as an oil-producing state. Drawing on rich ethnographic material from Caracas' shantytowns, state institutions, as well as everyday life and public culture, Strønen explores the complexities and challenges in fostering deep social and political change.


Petro-State Venezuela Corruption Extractive capitalism Hugo Chavez Revolution Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • Iselin Åsedotter Strønen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59506-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59507-8
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