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Social Movements in Latin America

Learn about some of the most important social movements in Latin America since the 1990s and their relationship to broader political and economic developments. Study the wave of social movement that, during the last decades, has challenged the neoliberal economic policies implemented in the region during the 1980s and 1990s. Gain a foundation in social movement theory. By the end of the course, be able to answer the following questions: What is a social movement? Are social movements different from collective behaviors? If so, how? Why do people decide to join social movements? Why do social movements arise in a specific time and place? Does leadership play a role in the formation of social movements? Do social movements learn from the history of other movements? Also, explore these theories through some of the most salient social movements that have emerged in Latin America during the previous two decades. Based on this historical background, you will be able to understand how social movements in Latin America have reshaped the local, regional, and political dynamics of the region. Case studies will include the rise of popular support for Evo Morales in Bolivia, horizontalism in Argentina, and the Zapatista movement in Mexico.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A foundation in social movement theory
  • Historical context to understand the complex relationship between Latin America, the United States, and transnational actors, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

Ideal for

  • Those with an interest in learning more about Latin American history
  • Students seeking an understanding of social movement theory
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