Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America

  • Paul Almeida
  • Allen Cordero Ulate

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Movements Across Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Almeida, Allen Cordero Ulate
      Pages 3-10
  3. Conceptual and Theoretical Advances

  4. Critical Themes in Contemporary Popular Mobilization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Lynn Horton
      Pages 79-87
    3. Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, Natasha Radojcic, Ellen Reese, Elizabeth Schwarz, Christopher Vito
      Pages 89-100
    4. Robert Mackin
      Pages 101-116
  5. Indigenous-Based Struggles Across the Continent

  6. Urban-Based Movements in South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Marisa von Bülow, Germán Bidegain Ponte
      Pages 179-194
    3. Sujatha Fernandes
      Pages 195-204
    4. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
      Pages 205-220
  7. Environmental Conflicts

  8. Country Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Moises Arce
      Pages 275-289
    3. Eugenio Sosa
      Pages 313-326
    4. Sebastián Pereyra, Germán J. Pérez, Federico L. Schuster
      Pages 335-360
    5. Maria da Glória Gohn
      Pages 361-372
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 373-381

About this book


This handbook covers social movement activities in Latin American countries that have had profound consequences on the political culture of the region. It examines the developments of the past twenty years, such as a renewed upswing in popular mobilization, the ending of violent conflicts and military governments, new struggles and a relatively more democratic climate. It shows that, from southern Chiapas to Argentina, social movements in the 1990s, and especially in the 2000s, have reached new heights of popular participation. There is a lack of research on the politics of this region in the contemporary era of globalization, this volume partially fills the void and offers a rich resource to students, scholars, and the general public in terms of understanding the politics of mass mobilization in the early twenty-first century. The contributors each address social movement activity in their own nation, and together they present a multidisciplinary perspective on the topic. Each chapter uses a case study design to bring out the most prominent attributes of the particular social struggle(s), for instance the main protagonists in the campaigns, the grievances of the population, and the outcomes of the struggles. This Handbook is divided into seven substantive themes, providing overall coherence to a broad range of social conflicts across countries, issues, and social groups. These themes include: 1) theory of Latin American social movements; 2) neoliberalism; 3) indigenous struggles; 4) women’s movements; 5) movements and the State; 6) environmental movements; and 7) transnational mobilizations. ​


Developments in Social Movement Theory Ending of Military Governments in Latin america Liberation Theology Mexican social Movement Mobilizations against Privatization New Social Movements Piquetero Movement in Argentina Politics of Mass Mobilization in Latin America Social Change and Political Transitions in Latin America Social Movement to a More Democratic Climate Social Movements and Progressive Regimes Social Movements in Brasil Social Movements in Post-war El Salvador State Repression and Mobilization in Latin Amrica Women’s Movements in Latin America World Social Forum World-System Positio

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Almeida
    • 1
  • Allen Cordero Ulate
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences Humanities and ArtsUniversity of CaliforniaMercedUSA
  2. 2.FLACSO-Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica

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