RM-SPK06
Policy and power in Latin America and the Caribbean
Convenors:
Lindsay DuBois (Dalhousie University)
Liz Fitting (Dalhousie University)
Chair:
Liz Fitting
Stream:
Relational movements: States, Politics and Knowledge/Mouvements relationnels: √Čtats, politiques et savoirs
Location:
TBT 325
Start time:
2 May, 2017 at 13:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Work on public policy provides an avenue for examining how state power is exercised and negotiated in everyday life. A range of case studies in Latin America critically examines the complexity of "the state" and "civil society" or "the public".

Long abstract:

Work on public policy provides an avenue for examining how state power is exercised and negotiated in everyday life. A range of case studies in Latin America critically examines the complexity of "the state" and "the public" or"civil society. The ebb and flow of populist, neoliberal and leftist governments makes Latin America a particularly rich site for considering these questions. Likewise, social movements express political visions and make visible the interventions of a variety of type of social actors -poor, wealthy, unionized, indigenous, campesino, corporate, landless… . As we know, differently situated social actors negotiate and experience these processes in distinctive ways; this includes state and non-state actors, acquiescence and resistance. Drawing on a variety of empirical cases and theoretical perspectives, we ask what interventions anthropology can make into thinking about the writing of and about policy.