Thayer and Lao-Montes Co-Author New Book, 'Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America'

Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America

Sociology professors, Millie Thayer and Agustin Lao-Montes, are co-editors and authors of the new book, “Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America.”

Published by Duke University Press, the book argues that the conventional distinction between civic and un-civic protest, and between activism in institutions and in the streets, does not accurately describe the complex interactions of forms and locations of activism characteristic of twenty-first-century Latin America. The contributors show that most contemporary political activism in the region relies upon both confrontational collective action and civic participation at different moments. Operating within fluid, dynamic, and heterogeneous fields of contestation, activists have not been contained by governments or conventional political categories, but rather have overflowed their boundaries, opening new democratic spaces or extending existing ones in the process. These essays offer fresh insight into how the politics of activism, participation, and protest are manifest in Latin America today while providing a new conceptual language and an interpretive framework for examining issues that are critical for the future of the region and beyond.

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June 19, 2017