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After the Pink Tide: Corporate State Formation and New Egalitarianisms in Latin America

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After the Pink Tide

Corporate State Formation and New Egalitarianisms in Latin America

Edited by Marina Gold and Alessandro Zagato
Afterword by Bruce Kapferer

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from the University of Bergen.

218 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-657-9 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (March 2020)

ISBN  978-1-78920-876-4 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (March 2020)

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“This is a superb and timely set of studies that assess the lasting effects of a recent trend, now subsided, of left and left-leaning governments on politics and daily life for common people in a range of Latin American societies.” • George E. Marcus, University of California

“To my mind, there are no other books or works on Latin America that have this double focus on the corporate state and egalitarianism. In sum, the book provides a wealth of novel arguments to understand the rise, maturation and afterlife of one of the most important and complex political turns to the left after the year 2000” • Bjorn Enge Bertelsen, University of Bergen


The left-wing Pink Tide movement that swept across Latin America seems now to be overturned, as a new wave of free-market thinkers emerge across the continent. This book analyses the emergence of corporate power within Latin America and the response of egalitarian movements across the continent trying to break open the constraints of the state. Through an ethnographically grounded and localized anthropological perspective, this book argues that at a time when the regular structures of political participation have been ruptured, the Latin American context reveals multiple expressions of egalitarian movements that strive (and sometimes momentarily manage) to break through the state’s apparatus.

Marina Gold is an Associated Researcher at the University of Zurich. Her research topics and recent publications include People and State in Socialist Cuba: Ideas and Practices of Revolution (2015, Palgrave) and a critical review of the moral turn in anthropology, Moral Anthropology. A Critique, co-ed. Bruce Kapferer (2018, Berghahn Books).

Alessandro Zagato is the founder of the Research Group in Art and Politics (GIAP) and of the centre of residences for artists and researchers, CASA GIAP, and Latin America’s regional representative for the Artists at Risk Connection program of PEN America. His publications include The Event of Charlie Hebdo: Imaginaries of Freedom and Control (2015, Berghahn Books).

Subject: Political and Economic Anthropology Anthropology (General)
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean

After the Pink Tide Edited by Marina Gold and Alessandro Zagato is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the University of Bergen.

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB

OA ISBN: 978-1-78920-659-3


Introduction: The Pink Tide, Egalitarianism and the Corporate State in Latin America
Marina Gold and Alessandro Zagato

Chapter 1. State Corporatization and Warfare in Mexico
Alessandro Zagato

Chapter 2. Political Parties, Big Business, Social Movements and the ‘Voice of the People’: Views from Above and Below on the Crisis Created by the 2016 Coup in Brazil
John Gledhill and Maria Gabriela Hita

Chapter 3. The election of MAS, iIs Egalitarian Potential, and Its Contradictions: Lessons from Bolivia
Leonidas Oikonomakis

Chapter 4. What is in the ‘People’s Interest’? Discourses of Egalitarianism and ‘Development as Compensation’ in Contemporary Ecuador
Erin Fitz-Henry and Denisse Rodriquez

Chapter 5. The Neoliberal State and Post-Transition Democracy in Chile. Local Public Action and Indigenous Political Demands
Francisca de la Maza Cabrera

Chapter 6. More State? On Authority and the Conditions for Egalitarianism in Venezuela
Luis Angosto-Ferrández

Chapter 7. Egalitarian and Hierarchical Tensions in Cuban Self-Employed Ventures
Marina Gold

Chapter 8. Social Banditry and the Legal in the Corporate State of Peru
Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard

Conclusion: Egalitarianism and Dynamics of Oppression: Constitutive Processes
Alessandro Zagato and Marina Gold

Afterword: Towards the Era of the Post-Human
Bruce Kapferer


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