The Rise of Evo Morales and the MAS (BOK)

Sven Harten

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Evo Morales is one of the world's most controversial political leaders. His story is extra-ordinary: poor shepherd-boy, persecuted coca grower, self-professed admirer of Che Guevara, hero of the anti-globalisation movement, and first indigenous President of modern Latin America. The story of the social movement turned political party he is a part of - the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) - is exceptional as well: originally founded as a splinter of an ultra-right wing party, it was given as a gift for the coca growers after they had been banned several times for spurious reasons to register their own party, and went on to become an irresistible force for indigenous rights in Bolivia. In this insightful and revealing book, Harten explains the success of the MAS and its wider consequences, showing how Morales has become the symbol for a new political consciousness that has entailed de-stigmatizing indigenous identities. In many ways, the analysis of Morales' political trajectory serves as a mirror for democracy in Bolivia. It reveals the challenge of squaring the rupture with a discredited past with the continuity of democracy and the aim of representing an entire society. It offers a fascinating examination of an extraordinary individual and a unique social movement.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2011
Forfatter Sven Harten Forlag
ISBN 9781848135246 Antall sider 256
Dimensjoner 13,8cm x 21,6cm x 2,3cm Vekt 363 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form History of the Americas, Political leaders & leadership, Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies, Political parties