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Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America

Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America semitropical Chapare, on the other hand, coca growers (cocaleros) deployed the tools of militant union organizing and ``illicit'' coca production while also pursuing electoral strategies, eventually building their own mass party (the basis of Morales's Movement toward Socialism, or MAS). In part 2, how these three popular regional movements converged during the explosive year of 2003 is chronicled in exhaustive detail. We are made privy to ``the new emancipatory goals for social transformation that had been growing up to that point'' (p. 127), as well as the ``weakness that limited the emancipatory potential for the uprisings over time'' (p. 126). Diagnosing the movement's internal dynamics, the book lays out the political ``compromises and `catastrophic balance' '' that ´ finally brought down the neoliberal regime of Gonzalo Sanchez de Losada and opened the way for Morales's 2005 election. Unfortunately, the narrative ends abruptly at that culminating moment. This is a function of the fact that, as political history, this text is now somewhat dated. Thanks to Duke's Latin America in Translation series, the original 2008 Spanish-language version is now available in beautifully rendered English, but the author gives only a proverbial nod to the epochal changes and tensions that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hispanic American Historical Review Duke University Press

Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America

Hispanic American Historical Review , Volume 95 (3) – Aug 1, 2015

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Duke University Press
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Copyright © Duke Univ Press
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0018-2168
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1527-1900
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10.1215/00182168-3088956
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semitropical Chapare, on the other hand, coca growers (cocaleros) deployed the tools of militant union organizing and ``illicit'' coca production while also pursuing electoral strategies, eventually building their own mass party (the basis of Morales's Movement toward Socialism, or MAS). In part 2, how these three popular regional movements converged during the explosive year of 2003 is chronicled in exhaustive detail. We are made privy to ``the new emancipatory goals for social transformation that had been growing up to that point'' (p. 127), as well as the ``weakness that limited the emancipatory potential for the uprisings over time'' (p. 126). Diagnosing the movement's internal dynamics, the book lays out the political ``compromises and `catastrophic balance' '' that ´ finally brought down the neoliberal regime of Gonzalo Sanchez de Losada and opened the way for Morales's 2005 election. Unfortunately, the narrative ends abruptly at that culminating moment. This is a function of the fact that, as political history, this text is now somewhat dated. Thanks to Duke's Latin America in Translation series, the original 2008 Spanish-language version is now available in beautifully rendered English, but the author gives only a proverbial nod to the epochal changes and tensions that

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Published: Aug 1, 2015

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