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Faculty Book: "Who Can Stop the Drums: Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela" by Sujatha Fernandes

After studying Cuba in her first book, Latin American specialist Sujatha Fernandes (Sociology) headed farther south for Who Can Stop the Drums: Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press), an account of everyday life and politics in the barrios of Caracas. Building on Karl Marx’s observation that people make history, but not under circumstances of their own making, Fernandes summarizes decades of history as experienced by poor community activists. The majority of them credit leftist President Hugo Chavez with implementing changes that improved their lives; nonetheless, they seek to maintain local control as they struggle for social and economic justice. “Original, timely, and important.”—Steve Ellner, author of Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict, and the Chavez Phenomenon


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