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Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela

Publication year: 2017

ISBN: 978-3-319-59507-8

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This book presents an ethnographic study of how grassroots activism in Venezuela during the Chávez presidency can be understood in relation to the country's history as a petro-state. Taking the contested relationship between the popular sectors and the Venezuelan state as a point of departure, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen explores how notions such as class, race, state, bureaucracy, popular politics, capitalism, neoliberalism, consumption, oil wealth, and corruption gained salience in the Bolivarian process. A central argument is that the Bolivarian process was an attempt to challenge the practices, ideas, and values inherited from Venezuela's historical development as an oil-producing state.

Subject: Social Sciences, Petro-State, Venezuela, Corruption, Extractive capitalism, Hugo Chavez, Revolution, Political Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Area Studies