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D' Mello, Bernard and Shah, Alpa ORCID: 0000-0003-1233-6516 (2011) Preface. In: Vanden, Harry E. and Becker, Mark, (eds.) José Carlos Mariátegui: an Anthology. Monthly Review Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781583672464

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José Carlos Mariátegui is one of Latin America’s most profound but overlooked thinkers. A self-taught journalist, social scientist, and activist from Peru, he was the first to emphasize that those fighting for the revolutionary transformation of society must adapt classical Marxist theory to the particular conditions of Latin America. He also stressed that indigenous peoples must take an active, if not leading, role in any revolutionary struggle. Today Latin America is the scene of great social upheaval. More progressive governments are in power than ever before, and grassroots movements of indigenous peoples, workers, and peasants are increasingly shaping the political landscape. The time is perfect for a rediscovery of Mariátegui, who is considered an intellectual precursor of today’s struggles in Latin America but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world. This volume collects his essential writings, including many that have never been translated and some that have never been published. The scope of this collection, masterful translation, and thoughtful commentary make it an essential book for scholars of Latin America and all of those fighting for a new world, waiting to be born.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2011 Harry E. Vanden and Marc Becker
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2013 09:44
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:28

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