Dancing with dynamite : social movements and states in Latin by Benjamin Dangl

By Benjamin Dangl

Grassroots social hobbies performed an incredible position in electing new left-leaning governments all through Latin the USA, yet next family among the streets and the states stay uneasy. In Dancing with Dynamite, Benjamin Dangl explores the complicated methods those events have labored with, opposed to, and independently of nationwide governments.

Recent years have visible the resurgence of employee cooperatives, anti-privatization events, land occupations, and different concepts utilized by Latin american citizens to confront monetary crises. utilizing unique examine, full of life prose, and large interviews with farmers, activists, and politicians, Dangl indicates how those strategies can be utilized across the world to wrestle the exploitation of employees and traditional assets. He appears at events around the Americas, drawing parallels among manufacturing unit takeovers in Argentina and Chicago and battles over water rights in Bolivia and Detroit. whilst, he analyzes ordinary difficulties confronted by means of social pursuits, contextualizes them geopolitically, and issues to useful examples for construction a greater international now.

Benjamin Dangl has labored as a journalist all through Latin the United States for the Guardian Unlimited, The Nation, and the NACLA file at the Americas. He edits TowardFreedom.com, providing a innovative point of view on international occasions, and UpsideDownWorld.org, protecting activism and politics in Latin the USA. Dangl is a recipient of 2 undertaking Censored Awards and teaches Latin American heritage and globalization at Burlington university in Vermont.

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Instead of protecting indigenous territories and rights, the state has continually used strategies of cooptation and repression of indigenous peoples to aid mining and oil companies. These tactics include the intentional destruction of the environment and ecosystems that indigenous people depend on, and the imposition of forms of agriculture that exclude and displace indigenous communities. 10 In spite of overwhelming odds, many indigenous movements and groups have risen up against this threat to the survival of their culture and way of life.

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