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Citizens or people? Competing meanings of the political subject in Latin America

Pearce, Jenny (2018) Citizens or people? Competing meanings of the political subject in Latin America. In: Fitzi, Gregor, Mackert, Juergen and Turner, Bryan S., (eds.) Populism and the Crisis of Democracy: Politics, Social Movements and Extremism. Routledge advances in sociology,2. Taylor and Francis, pp. 152-169. ISBN 9781138091375

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Identification Number: 10.4324/9781315108063-10


This chapter argues that Latin America appears trapped between on the one hand understanding politics in liberal democratic terms as the construction of the common good through the collective will of the people. On the other hand, neither ‘citizen’ nor ‘people’ have enabled a democratising political subject to address the many deficits in Latin America’s formally democratic systems nor to prevent authoritarian outcomes when popular energy is channelled from ‘above’. However, Latin America could look for democratic renewal to its humanistic thinkers on conscious agency for change, to its history of social activism as a knowledge producing process and to its participatory experiments.

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Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 08:45
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:50

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