Introduction to the Special Section: Social Movements and Social Emancipation in Latin America

Ana C. Dinerstein, Sara C. Motta

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‘Emancipation’ remains marginal as a theme within Latin American studies (LAS) with the focus on questions of institutional politics, democracy, democratization, citizenship and development. Yet for the past two decades social movements have been articulating new imaginaries, ideas and practices beyond traditionally conceived frameworks of social change. They are anticipating alternative arrangements towards a dignified collective life. In these alternative possibilities, emancipation does not allude to a revolutionary process to take the power of the state, but denotes other horizons that in principle transcend the state as the main locus of struggle. These movements pose methodological, theoretical and epistemological challenges to the study of Latin America.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberBLAR12525
Pages (from-to)3–4
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventSLAS Annual Conference 2012, -
Duration: 11 Apr 201213 May 2012


  • social movements
  • epistemology
  • latin america
  • Bolivia
  • argentina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • pedagogical
  • land
  • the law


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