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Impasse in Bolivia: Neoliberal Hegemony and Popular Resistance Paperback – June 12, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (June 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842777599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842777596
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The crisis in contemporary Bolivia is exceptional even by the formidable standards of the region. A confrontation between global forces and local populations, a battle over basic ideas in political economy, a comprehensive struggle over natural resources and their proper use, and a prolonged dispute over the political organisation of the republic have combined in an extraordinary experience of contested nationhood. This admirable book is written with both bold engagement and clear-headedness. Its authority derives from the author's deep knowledge of Bolivia, where they have lived and on which they have written over a range of issues. Lucid and well structured, the book provides an excellent synthetic account and analysis of the Bolivian labyrinth.' - James Dunkerley is Professor of Politics and History and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London and editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies. His books include Rebellion in the veins: political struggle in Bolivia, 1952-82 and Americana: The Americas in the World, around 1850 (or 'Seeing the Elephant' 'A comprehensive and engaging account of Bolivia's recent history, the failures of neo-liberalism, and the struggles to move beyond the country's current impasse. Farthing and Kohl know and love their subject, and they clearly show the nature of political tensions and economic difficulties facing the country. Their analysis of Bolivia's march from the economic crisis of the early1980s through its neo-liberal reforms and the more recent "wars" around water, taxes and gas is very illuminating. The book should be of interest not only to Bolivianists but to anybody interested in developing countries and Latin America'. - Lourdes Beneria is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Women's Studies at Cornell University. Her books include Gender, Development, and Globalization: Economics as if People Mattered 'For half a decade Bolivia has been growing as a global symbol of popular resistance to economic models largely imposed upon it from abroad. Kohl's and Farthing's book provides a deep and unique analysis at how five hundred years of history have brought us to this point.' - Jim Shultz is founder and director of The Democracy Center in Cochabamba and author, most recently of, "Deadly Consequences:The IMF and Bolivia's Black February". 'With Impasse in Bolivia Ben Kohl and Linda Farthing have secured a place as leading scholars of contemporary Bolivia. This book is a clear and vivid account of the disastrous consequences of neoliberalism and the vibrant struggles against structural adjustment in Bolivia'.-- Tom Angotti, Professor of Urban Affairs & Planning, Hunter College/CUNY, Co-editor Progressive Planning Magazine - Tom Angotti is Professor in the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs & Planning in New York City. From 1995 to 2001 he was Professor and Chair of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Metropolis 2000: Planning, Poverty and Politics

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Benjamin Kohl is Assistant Professor, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University. Linda Farthing is a journalist who has specialized in Latin American affairs.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ML on September 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, comprehensive account of the forces that led to the ascencion of Evo Morales. Morales himself is not the focus, instead the authors examine the history of liberalism (as a social order) and neoliberalism (as an economic order) in Bolivia. They aptly relate the effects of liberalism to the clamour for change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bolivianjungle on September 22, 2010
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Excelent work done by its authors. Describing the abusive regime in Bolivia. I LOVE Bolivia but unfortunately I was forced to leave due to the anti-American moviment to which a completely understand in my heart.

From 1998 to the year 2007, I've lived in Bolivia. In a particular place called THE RED ZONE in the Chapare, Amazon basin of Bolivia (between Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba), was very dangerous and considered as a "do not travel through it" area, in every travel guide brochure. Here I sadly discovered that the indigenous children were undergoing a LOT of deprivations due to the US WAR ON DRUGS program.

We were there to fight the WAR on poverty, in a remote area of Bolivia in a place where Bolivian soldiers, trained by the Americans, were sent to eradicate the coca production. Unfortunately, this was the only livelihood of the uneducated jungle dwellers. The soldiers did nothing to retrain the native people, leaving behind famine and desperation.

They've succeed and the USAID, after the eradication of their cash crop (coca leaves), have substitute it for bananas (alternative program). These indigenous population of the CHAPARE REGION had no education, no money, no means of transporting this produce to the nearest city and thus, ended up with very little money for daily survival. We are talking about the RAIN FOREST, mud slides and confrontation with political parties and US trained UMOPAR (military) squads.

My heart goes out to the Bolivian people. I wish I could go back.

A BOLIVIAN at heart. Read this book and you will understand what I am refering to.
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This book will satisfy anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the social, economic, and political issues that have conflicted the wonderful people of this wonderful country since the 'colonization era.' It is an academically challenging book that pushes readers to look past superficial explanations for the severe social inequities and political turmoil within the country. In place, it offers a comprehensive understanding of the social and political realities of the Bolivian people, one which can be applied in order to comprehend the struggles faced by many developing countries like it. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom H Ryan on October 23, 2009
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well organized, easy to read, and informative, this was one of the best books on Bolivia I've read.
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