Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela

The Revolutionary Petro-State

by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

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Book Description

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.

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Book Details

Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2017
Pages
368
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783319595061
ISBN10
3319595067
ISBN13 Digital
9783319595078
ISBN10 Digital
3319595075
PDF Size
6.5 MB
License
CC BY

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