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Author Velasco, Alejandro, 1978-
Title Barrio rising : urban popular politics and the making of modern Venezuela / Alejandro Velasco.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]

Author Velasco, Alejandro, 1978-
Subject Political participation -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
City planning -- Political aspects -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
Squatters -- Political activity -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
Venezuela -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xx, 321 pages)
Summary "In the mid-1950s, in an effort to modernize Venezuela, the military government razed dozens of slums in the heart of the capital Caracas, replacing them with massive buildings to house the city's working poor. The project remained unfinished when the dictatorship fell on January 23, 1958, and in a matter of days city residents illegally occupied thousands of apartments, squatted on green spaces, and renamed the neighborhood to honor the emerging democracy: the 23 de Enero (January 23). Over the next thirty years, through eviction efforts, guerrilla conflict, state violence, internal strife, and official neglect, inhabitants of the barrio learned to use their strategic location and symbolic tie to the promise of democracy in order to demand a better life. Granting legitimacy to the state through the vote but protesting its failings with violent street actions when necessary, they laid the foundation for an expansive understanding of democracy--both radical and electoral--whose features still resonate today"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : a history of place and nation -- Landscapes of opportunity -- Paths to democracy -- Streets of protest -- Conclusion : revolutionary projects.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520959187 (electronic bk.)
0520959183 (electronic bk.)
9780520283312 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520283317 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520283329 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0520283325 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 910935589
Additional Format Print version: Velasco, Alejandro, 1978- Barrio rising 9780520283312 (DLC) 2015006420 (OCoLC)894745479

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