Autonomy and Emancipation in Latin America

An issue of: South Atlantic Quarterly

Autonomy and Emancipation in Latin America
Journal Issue Pages: 232 Volume 111, Number 1 Published: Winter 2012 An issue of South Atlantic Quarterly
Special Issue Editor: Alvaro Reyes
It is widely recognized that over the past two decades new Latin American social and political movements have reconfigured the political map of the region. Within an atmosphere of “generalized insubordination and insurrection,” these movements have become a powerful force on national politics throughout the continent, successfully defeating a series of neoliberal governments and paving the way for the election of leftist governments. Less widely recognized, especially outside Latin America, is the fact that accompanying the growth of these social movements has been an important wave of theoretical innovations that reconceptualize political action. These innovations constitute a refounding of Latin American critical thought that breaks with traditional conceptions of politics by taking up the task of thinking from within the movements (from within movement), a refounding that can be conceived as a revolution in the revolutions.

This special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly, composed primarily of translated essays, seeks to provide English-language readers with an introduction to these theoretical innovations. The contributors have varying degrees of proximity to the movements in question (some are direct participants and others witnesses to the events), but all demonstrate how thinking from within movement(s) allows us to identify the formation of a new political logic. Some of the recurring themes in the issue are the relationship between social movements and the state, the role of indigenous thought and indigenous traditions in the new social formations, and the possibilities for future political change.


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Revolutions in the Revolutions: A Post-counterhegemonic Moment for Latin America?–Alvaro Reyes

The Affirmation of an Other Politics of Emancipation–Grupo Acontecimiento

The Rhythms of the Pachakuti: Brief Reflections Regarding How We Have Come to Know Emancipatory Struggles and the Significance of the Term Social Emancipation–Raquel Gutiérrez

When Communism Becomes Flesh–Raúl Prada Alcoreza

The Birth of an “Other Politics” in Venezuela–Roland Denis

Ch'ixinakax utxiwa: A Reflection on the Practices and Discourses of Decolonization–Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

On the Complex Relation between Knowledges and Emancipations–Ana Esther Ceceña

Closures and Openings in the Impasse– Colectivo Situaciones

Counterhegemonies and Emancipations: Notes for a Debate–Raúl Ornelas

“New Ways of Doing”: The Construction of Another World in Latin America: An Interview with Raúl Zibechi–Michael Hardt and Alvaro Reyes


Note from the Editor–Michael Hardt

“Rebellion to Tyrants, Democracy for Workers”: The Madison Uprising, Collective Bargaining, and the Future of the Labor Movement–Peter Rachleff

Kill the Bill–Judith Grant

Reflections on the Madison Uprising–Stanley Aronowitz

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6770-3