"A tour de force of the theories, debates and methods for making sense of Latin American social movements. Munck’s comprehensive overview skilfully speaks to ideas that will be of interest to both regional specialists and to social movements scholars more widely. Readers will no longer be able to approach either social movements or Latin America without a deep appreciation of how they have shaped each other." – Sam Halvorsen, Queen Mary University of London
"Building on extensive research on Latin America's inequalities, Munck's vibrant account has it all: in-depth case studies convey the dynamics on the ground, set within a clear overview of Latin American and North Atlantic theories and a methodological appendix covering key ethical and practical issues. A book for students and researchers alike." – Sarah A. Radcliffe, University of Cambridge
"A useful and well-written overview of the diverse social movements in Latin America ... a great resource for students." – Benjamin Selwyn, University of Sussex
Social movements play a significant role in the political and social landscape of Latin America. They emanate from different sections of society and are motivated by many different concerns, including workers’ rights, agrarian and land reform, the rights of indigenous peoples, gender inequality and the fight against environmental degradation.
Ronaldo Munck explores the mosaic of interlocking and connected issues that make up the complex map of social movements in Latin America and shows why, despite being a fragmented political force, these movements are at the centre of any future progressive politics in the region. As such they require careful understanding and, he suggests, a more nuanced theoretical approach than previous studies have offered.
Combining insights from Latin American approaches to social movement theory and detailed empirical case studies, the book provides readers with an understanding of the vital role social activism plays in the region and offers students the methodological tools to develop their own research agendas.
1. Introduction 2. Theories 3. Workers 4. Peasants 5. Community 6. Women 7. Indigenous 8. Environmental 9. Ways Forward 10. Methodological Appendix
Ronaldo Munck is Head of Civic Engagement at Dublin City University and a Visiting Professor of International Development at the University of Liverpool and St. Mary's University, Nova Scotia. He has authored or edited more than 30 books on various topics related to globalization, international development and social movements, including Contemporary Latin America (third edition 2012).