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Utopian disjunctures: Popular democracy and the communal state in urban Venezuela

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posted on 01.05.2019, 13:36 by Matt Wilde
This article examines the Venezuelan government’s efforts to establish a ‘communal state’ through the eyes of working-class chavista activists in the city of Valencia. It argues that the attempt to incorporate grassroots community organisations into a state-managed model of popular democracy produces a series of ‘utopian disjunctures’ for the actors involved. These disjunctures, the article contends, stem from conflicting political temporalities within the chavista project, as long-term aspirations of radical democracy clash with more short-term demands to obtain state resources and consolidate the government’s power. The case highlights the tensions generated by efforts to reconcile radical democratic experiments with left-nationalist electoral politics.

Funding

The research for this article was carried out thanks to a 1 + 3 scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a grant from the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS).

History

Citation

Critique of Anthropology, 2017, 37 (1), pp. 47-66

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Critique of Anthropology

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

issn

0308-275X

eissn

1460-3721

Copyright date

2017

Available date

01/05/2019

Publisher version

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0308275X16671787

Language

en