Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia

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BRILL, Sep 23, 2011 - History - 376 pages
Bolivia witnessed a left-indigenous insurrectionary cycle between 2000 and 2005 that overthrew two neoliberal presidents and laid the foundation for Evo Morales successful bid to become the country s first indigenous head of state in 2006. Building on the theoretical traditions of revolutionary Marxism and indigenous liberation, this book provides an analytical framework for understanding the fine-grained sociological and political nuances of twenty-first century Bolivian class-struggle, state-repression, and indigenous resistance, as well the deeply historical roots of today s oppositional traditions. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, including more than 80 in-depth interviews with social-movement and trade-union activists, Red October is a ground-breaking intervention in the study of contemporary Bolivia and the wider Latin American turn to the left over the last decade.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Politics of Indigenous Resistance and ClassStruggle
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Chapter Two Indigenous Insurgency WorkingClass Struggle and Popular Cultures of Resistance and Opposition 17811964
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Chapter Three Authoritarianism Democracy and Popular Struggle 196485
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Chapter Four Neoliberal CounterRevolution 19852000
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Chapter Five LeftIndigenous Insurrectionary Cycle 20003
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GasWar 2003
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LeftIndigenous and EasternBourgeois Blocs in the Second GasWar of May and June 2005
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Chapter Eight CombinedOppositional Consciousness
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Bolivia Venezuela and the LatinAmerican Left
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Appendix A Formal Interviewees
331
Appendix B Methodology
337
References
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Index
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Jeffery R. Webber, Ph.D. (2009) in Political Science, University of Toronto, is Lecturer in the School of Politics and International relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of "From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia."

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