Rachel A. May
Examines popular movements in Latin America, including historical background of modern popular organizations, an analysis of the evolution of the discourse surrounding the terms "popular movement," "social movement," and "civil society." Discusses contemporary trade unionism, grass-roots peoples' initiatives, cooperative movements, guerrilla organizations, human rights groups, and feminist movements.
Students will learn about various alternatives for popular organization and outlets for the expression of political grievances or demands. The course will teach students about the experiences of contemporary Latin Americans, as well as inform students about the various ways that excluded groups (poor people in particular) have for political participation and group empowerment. We will discuss trade unionsism, revolutionary movements, peasant politics, and globalization among other topics.
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General method of instruction
In the Fall of 2007, this course will be taught in a traditional calssroom. It is NOT an on-line course.
Class assignments and grading