Beginning in the late 1950s political leaders in Venezuela built what they celebrated as Latin America’s most stable democracy. But outside the staid halls of power, in the gritty barrios of a rapidly urbanizing country, another politics was rising—unruly, contentious, and clamoring for inclusion. Based on years of archival and ethnographic research in Venezuela’s largest public housing community, Barrio Rising delivers the first in-depth history of urban popular politics before the Bolivarian Revolution, providing crucial context for understanding the democracy that emerged during the presidency of Hugo Chávez.
Associate Professor,Gallatin School of Individualized Study & Department of History, NYU
Distinguished Lecturer, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Associate Professor, History, University of Connecticut
Visiting Scholar, Department of Politics, NYU
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