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Understanding the politics of Latin America's Plural Lefts (Chávez/Lula): Social democracy, populism and convergence on the path to a post-neoliberal world

dc.contributor.author French, JD
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-16T17:51:47Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-18
dc.identifier.issn 0143-6597
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6564
dc.description.abstract This article explores the academic and public debate on the politics of Latin America's twenty-first century turn towards the left. It rejects dichotomous categorisations of 'social democratic' and 'populist' lefts as a disciplinary move by neoliberals that appeals to entrenched liberal predispositions. It suggests that such classificatory taxonomies are directly linked to an impoverished notion of the political, in which a politics of exalted expertise and enlightenment, based on reason, rationality and objectivity is juxtaposed against a lesser sphere of emotion, passion and 'personalism'. This underlying dualism, which permeates academic disciplines and crosses lines of ideology, tracks established markers of hierarchical distinction in societies profoundly divided along multiple lines of class and cultural capital. This is explored through an analysis of the discourse of Chavez vis-a-vis Lula, while offering an appreciation of the subaltern origin of Lula's distinctive style of political leadership, from trade unionism to the presidency, based upon the creation of spaces of convergence.
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited
dc.relation.ispartof Third World Quarterly
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1080/01436590802681090
dc.title Understanding the politics of Latin America's Plural Lefts (Chávez/Lula): Social democracy, populism and convergence on the path to a post-neoliberal world
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id French, JD|0097211
pubs.begin-page 349
pubs.end-page 370
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group African and African American Studies
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group History
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 30
dc.identifier.eissn 1360-2241


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