|Semester and Year||SP 2014|
|Time||3:30 PM - 6:10 PM|
|Foundation Requirement||SOC, GLOBAL|
Long viewed as a region of landless peasants and landed elites, Latin America is now a continent of cities and mega-cities on whose streets vibrant social movements confront the challenges of metropolitan life. From Buenos Aires to Porto Alegre to Mexico City, new “streetroots” movements forge political identities, goals, and strategies out of a very particular experience of urbanization stretching back hundreds of years. This course examines the trajectory of these streetroots movements, asking: what social, political, and economic forces have shaped their strategies and demands over time? In turn, how have Latin American urban movements shaped developments in the region and beyond? What kinds of cleavages—geographic, generational, tactical—potentially hinder the broad appeal and usefulness of these movements? Among others, readings will include the work of João José Reis (Brazil), Peter Winn (Chile), and Deborah Levenson (Guatemala) to examine the interplay of race, class, and gender in the development of urban social movements, and first-hand accounts of urban activism by Abraham Guillén (Uruguay) and Hebe de Bonafini (Argentina). We will frame our analysis around seminal theories of urban social movements by E.P. Thompson, Manuel Castells, and Alejandro Portes, as well as contemporary contributions by Javier Auyero, Leonardo Avritzer, and Marina Sitrin.
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)