Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783601974 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783601981 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Venezuela Reframed

Bolivarianism, Indigenous Peoples and Socialisms of the 21st Century

Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández

Venezuela Reframed

Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández

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224 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783601974 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783601981 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Venezuela has long been held up as a beacon of twenty-first-century socialism. Yet even as socialism has triumphed, proponents of capitalism and exploitative development have been gaining ground—most surprisingly, perhaps, within indigenous communities.

Venezuela Reframed unearths the hidden background of the “indigenous capitalisms” that are being promoted today within Venezuela. Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández illuminates the ways in which indigenous activism, aligned with Venezuela’s Bolivarian governments, has paved the way for development and modernization along classical, social-democratic lines, and how romanticized notions of cultural indigeneity have been used by developers to mask their intentions—and, ultimately, to hide signs of a growing class struggle. A powerful exploration of the challenges that indigenous autonomy poses for democracy and socialism in Venezuela and beyond, Venezuela Reframed will be essential for anyone grappling with the state of Latin American politics and its potential futures.
Contents
Preface
Introduction

Part 1: Situating the debate
Chapter 1 - State-indigenous peoples relations in Venezuela: a historical overview
Chapter 2 - Chávez, radical populism and the indigeneity of Bolivarianismo
Chapter 3 - Written and unwritten laws for indigenous rights

Part 2: Indigenous participation and representation in Venezuelan politics
Chapter 4 - Electoral politics
Chapter 5 - The state-sponsored indigenous movement
Chapter 6 - Indigenous politics against and in the margins of the state

Part 3: Prospects: is there room for differentiated citizenship?
Chapter 7 - Indigenous capitalism
Chapter 8 - Alternatives: autonomy, socialism and democracy
Review Quotes
Marc Becker, Truman State University
“We have long needed this book! Until Angosto-Ferrández, no one had provided a probing analysis of Hugo Chavez's support for indigenous struggles. This book is required reading for understanding a key component of the Bolivarian revolution.”
Julia Buxton, Central European University
“Angosto-Ferrández masterfully illuminates the dynamics, benefits, and contradictions of socialism for indigenous communities and interests in Venezuela. Identifying guaicaipurismo as a salient collective identity, the book demonstrates how this has been encouraged by but is also frequently in conflict with the state.”
Latin American Politics and Society
“Angosto-Ferrández gives a detailed account of the political organization and strategies of Venezuela’s indigenous population. . . . An important account of an understudied movement.”
Steve Ellner, author of Rethinking Venezuelan Politics
“Well written and replete with relevant and cogent arguments.”
Cristóbal Kay, Erasmus University Rotterdam (emeritus
“An admirable well-informed, insightful, and refreshing analysis of the dynamic relationships between the indigenous peoples and the State since Chávez came to power.”
David Raby, author of Democracy and Revolution: Latin America and Socialism Today
“An incisive analysis not just of Venezuelan indigenous movements but of Latin American radical politics in general. Truly essential reading!”
Thomas Muhr, University of Nottingham
“Angosto-Ferrández’s outstanding analysis of indigenous collective action is a milestone in countering the disempowering anti-statism of the post-development era.”
Barry Carr, La Trobe University
“Obligatory reading for students of indigenous societies and economies and for those of us suspicious of some of the more romantic approaches to the 'Pink Tide' in Latin America.”
Miguel Tinker Salas, Pomona College
“This vital works offers a nuanced assessment of the often contradictory relationship between the new indigenous movement and the Bolivarian political process. This book is essential to fully grasp the complex Bolivarian process underway in Venezuela.”
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