The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope

Hardcover | December 24, 2014

byAna Cecilia Dinerstein

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Dinerstein offers a much-needed review of the concept and practice of autonomy. She argues that defining autonomy as either revolutionary or ineffective vis-à-vis the state does not fully grasp the commitment of Latin American movements to the creation of alternative practices and horizons beyond capitalism. By establishing an elective affinity between autonomy and Bloch's principle of hope, the author defines autonomy as 'the art of organizing hope', that is, the art of shaping a reality which does not yet exist but can be anticipated by the movements' collective actions. Drawing from the experience of autonomous resistance of four prominent indigenous and non-indigenous urban and rural movements, Dinerstein suggests that the politics of autonomy produce an excess that cannot be translated into the grammar of power. This involves an engagement with a reality that is not yet and, therefore, counters value with hope. The book also offers a new critique of political economy, reading Marx's philosophy in key of hope, and emphasises the prefigurative features of autonomy at a time when utopia can no longer be objected.

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Dinerstein offers a much-needed review of the concept and practice of autonomy. She argues that defining autonomy as either revolutionary or ineffective vis-à-vis the state does not fully grasp the commitment of Latin American movements to the creation of alternative practices and horizons beyond capitalism. By establishing an elective...

Ana C. Dinerstein is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, UK. She has published extensively on Argentine and Latin American politics, autonomy, subjectivity, labour, social and indigenous movements, emancipatory struggles and the politics of policy. Her main publications includ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.98 inPublished:December 24, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230272088

ISBN - 13:9780230272088

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Table of Contents

1. Embracing the Other Side: An introduction
PART I: THEORISING AUTONOMY
2. Meanings of Autonomy: Trajectories, Modes, Differences
3. Autonomy in the Key of Hope: Understanding Prefiguration
PART II: NAVIGATING AUTONOMY
4. Organising Negation: Neoliberal Hopelessness, Insurgent Hope (Mexico)
5. Shaping Concrete Utopias: Urban Experiments (Argentina)
6. Resisting Translation: Indigenous-Popular Resistance (Bolivia)
7. Venturing Beyond the Wire: The Sem Terra's Dream (Brazil)
PART III: RETHINKING AUTONOMY
8. Confronting Value with Hope. A Prefigurative Critique of Political Economy
9. Living in Blochian Times: Opening Remarks