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(Re-)Politicizing Inequality: Movements, Parties, and Social Citizenship in Chile a talk by Kenneth Roberts

April 22nd, 2016
1:30 PM

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

Please join us this Friday, March 11, for the Tulane University Political Science Seminar, sponsored by the Political Science Department and CIPR. Our speaker will be Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University) and he will be presenting a paper entitled: “(Re-)Politicizing Inequality: Movements, Parties, and Social Citizenship in Chile” (paper attached).

Although most of Latin America‘€™s left-leaning governments are facing new political pressures from conservative forces, in Chile political pressures are coming primarily from the left, where students and other social movements have increasingly ‘€œpoliticized‘€ existing inequalities and demanded more far-reaching redistributive reforms. The focal point of mass protest has been Chile‘€™s largely-privatized education system, one of the ‘€œsocial pillars‘€ of the country‘€™s vaunted neoliberal development model. This paper explains how Chile‘€™s free market reforms and pacted democratic transition largely removed inequality from the political agenda for the better part of two decades, and how social movements have challenged established parties and returned inequality to the forefront of political debate over the past five years. Analysis of survey data sheds light on the social and political correlates of protest at the micro-level.
You can read Kenneth Roberts’ paper here.

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Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.