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dc.contributor.authorJasso-Aguilar, Rebeca
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-28T16:09:42Z
dc.date.available2014-05-14T10:00:09Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-28
dc.date.submittedJuly 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/21045
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation I compare the trajectories of two social movements against neoliberalism: the 2000 movement that successfully challenged the privatization of water in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the movement that unsuccessfully challenged the results of the Mexican presidential election in 2006. I utilize Gramsci’s theory to examine neoliberalism as a passive revolution, and I apply concepts drawn from Buci-Glucksman’s work on Gramsci’s understanding of the State to examine these movements as “anti-passive revolutions” and projects of radical democracy. My core argument holds that, despite emerging from quite divergent historical settings and socio-political contexts, these two movements against neoliberalism converged on similar structural outcomes: organized, mobilized and politically educated movements rooted in civil society, that seek the greater common good by changing the dynamics of state-civil society relationships in ways that will generate greater accountability of political actors and thus radically transform politics. They do so largely by generating spaces of solidarity which foster political engagement of common people and the development of new forms of participatory democracy. However, there are important ways in which the two movements differ, including in their approach to reshaping the political culture of civil society. I offer a perspective of how these movements are carrying on their democratic struggles, the structures of accountability that they are developing or can potentially develop, and what they can teach democratic struggles all over the world. Finally, I relate these movements to the other struggles worldwide that irrupted in 2011. I conclude that there are two important parallels between these new movements and my two case studies: They are fundamentally revolts against the neoliberal economic model and for the democratization of the political system, and they all underscore the need for rethinking and redefining the roles of the State and of civil society, and the relationship between them.en_US
dc.subjectneoliberalismen_US
dc.subjectsocial movementsen_US
dc.subjectpassive revolutionen_US
dc.subjectanti-passive revolutionen_US
dc.subjectradical democracyen_US
dc.subjectlopezobradorismoen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolitical participation -- Bolivia
dc.subject.lcshPolitical participation -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcshSocial movements -- Bolivia -- Cochabamba (Dept.)
dc.subject.lcshSocial movements -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcshNeoliberalism -- Bolivia
dc.subject.lcshNeoliberalism -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcshBolivia -- Economic policy
dc.subject.lcshMexico -- Economic policy
dc.titleHow Common Citizens Transform Politics: the Cases of Mexico and Boliviaen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreeSociologyen_US
dc.description.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociologyen_US
dc.description.advisorWood, Richard
dc.description.committee-memberWaitzkin, Howard
dc.description.committee-memberTiano, Susan
dc.description.committee-memberGonzales, Felipe
dc.description.committee-memberMeyer, Lorenzo
emb.embargo.terms2014-05-14


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