The role of the indigenous population in the formation of the Bolivarian revolution is one of Latin America’s most important untold stories.
Considered a beacon of twenty-first century Socialism by many, Venezuela is the scenario of ongoing global struggles for the definition of democracy and multicultural rights. Venezuela Reframed takes an unprecedented and revealing angle in the explanation of these struggles and their historical significance. It shows that a considerable part of indigenous activism, aligned with the Bolivarian governments, has participated in the constitution of a national-popular bloc that has paved a way for development and modernization in classical, social-democratic terms. In opposition to sectors of the indigenous population fighting for effective political autonomy and limitation of extractive capitalism, the paradoxical emergence of ‘indigenous capitalisms’ is one of the consequences springing out of the creative tensions that shape this process.
Boldly arguing that certain, romanticized notions of cultural indigeneity hide growing class struggle, this book is essential reading not just for those interested in Venezuela, but those interested in broader debates on the prospects of democracy, contemporary states and alternatives to capitalism worldwide.
DETAILS OF THE EVENT
Book launch: “Venezuela Reframed: Bolivarianism, indigenous peoples and socialisms of the twenty-first century”
3:00 – 4:30pm, 29 October 2015
Woolley Common Room, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney
Luis F. Angosto Ferrández
No RSVP required for this event. All welcome.