Building Social Citizenship: Popular Movements in the Domincan Republic, 1992-2014

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Latin American Studies


Popular movements have been important factors in the social and political development of contemporary Latin America. They have been characterized by a broad political and social spectrum, which includes urban grassroots, labor, peasant, and middle-class sectors, and even a portion of the lower levels of the bourgeoisie. Unlike the 1960s and 1970s, when the revolutionary Left played an important role in these movements and wanted to orient them towards socialism, today the leaderships in some countries have aimed at transforming liberal democracy into twenty-first century socialism by integrating social movements into the state as political actors with their own voices. (excerpt)


Chapter 7 of Popular Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Latin America: Democracy From Below, edited by Emelio Betances and Carlos Figueroa Ibarra.

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