Undergraduate Course Code: POL442H1S L0101
Topics in Latin American Politics
Protest and Social Movements in Latin America
Far from episodic, protests and social movements staged by minoritized populations create a global force of resistance in the 21st Century. This course will examine the vital role of Latin American collective struggles in this contemporary geography of power, focusing on the late 20th Century to the present day. It will consider how neoliberalism and democratization —as well as new forms of authoritarianism— have created specific conditions for the emergence of different kinds of subaltern organizing and mobilizing in the region, with special attention to the intersecting politics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. It will also critically investigate the ways in which people in Latin America have reshaped the practice and meaning of citizenship through their struggles. In considering a variety of theoretical approaches and empirical cases, we will ask the following questions: What structural, institutional, and cultural factors contribute to the emergence of protest and social movements? How do movements relate to state institutions, civil society organizations, and international actors? What are some strategic and discursive innovations of contemporary Latin American movements, and what has been their impact at different levels?
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