The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America : Decades of Change
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The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America : Decades of Change

By Margit Ystanes (editor)
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This edited volume examines how economic processes have worked upon social lives and social realities in Latin America during the past decades. Through tracing the effects of the neoliberal epoch into the era of the so-called pink tide, the book seeks to understand to what extent the turn to the left at the start of the millennium managed to challenge historically constituted configurations of inequality. A central argument in the book is that in spite of economic reforms and social advances on a range of arenas, the fundamental tenants of socio-economic inequalities have not been challenged substantially. As several countries are now experiencing a return to right-wing politics, this collection helps us better understand why inequalities are so entrenched in the Latin American continent, but also the complex and creative ways that it is continuously contested. The book directs itself to students, scholars and anyone interested in Latin America, economic anthropology, political anthropology, left-wing politics, poverty and socio-economic inequalities.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Frontmatter
  • 1. Social Lives, Economic Ideas
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Reformism, Class Conciliation and the Pink Tide: Material Gains and Their Limits
  • 2. The Case of Brazil
    • 3. Entangled Inequalities, State, and Social Policies in Contemporary Brazil
    • 4. #sosfavelas: Digital Representations of Violence and Inequality in Rio de Janeiro
    • 5. Urban Development in Rio de Janeiro During the ‘Pink Tide’: Bridging Socio-Spatial Divides Between the Formal and Informal City?
    • 6. Meanings of Poverty: An Ethnography of Bolsa Familia Beneficiaries in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
  • 3. Subjectivities and Structures
    • 7. Political Polarisation, Colonial Inequalities and the Crisis of Modernity in Venezuela
    • 8. Market Liberalisation and the (Un-)making of the ‘Perfect Neoliberal Citizen’: Enactments of Gendered and Racialised Inequalities Among Peruvian Vendors
    • 9. Coming of Age in the Penal System: Neoliberalism, ‘Mano Dura’ and the Reproduction of ‘Racialised’ Inequality in Honduras
  • 4. Land, the Eternal Legacy of Inequality
    • 10. Settlers and Squatters: The Production of Social Inequalities in the Peruvian Desert
    • 11. Latin American Inequalities and Reparations
  • 5. Postscript
    • 12. Postscript
  • Backmatter
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