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Citizenship in the Latin American Upper and Middle Classes Ethnographic Perspectives on Culture and Politics

by Fiorella (Keele University, UK) Montero-Diaz

Part of the Routledge Advances in Sociology Series

Citizenship in the Latin American Upper and Middle Classes Ethnographic Perspectives on Culture and Politics Synopsis

The problem of citizenship has long affected Latin America, simultaneously producing inclusion and exclusion, division and unity. Its narrative and practice both reflect and contribute to the region's profound inequalities. However, citizenship is usually studied on the margins of society. Despite substantial public interest in recent mass mobilizations, the middle and upper classes are rarely approached as political agents or citizens. As the region's middle classes continue to grow and new elites develop, their importance can only increase. This interdisciplinary volume addresses this gap, showcasing recent ethnographic research on middle- and upper-class citizenship in contemporary Latin America. It explores how the region's middle and upper classes constitute themselves as citizens through politics and culture, and questions how these processes interact with the construction of difference and commonality, division and unity. Subsequently, this collection highlights how elite citizenships are constructed in dialogue with other identities, how these co-constructions reproduce or challenge inequality, and whether they have the potential to bring about change. Citizenship in the Latin American Upper and Middle Classes will appeal to scholars, advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as Latin American Studies, Citizenship Studies, Political Science and Cultural Studies; and to a general readership interested in Latin American politics and society.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780815353928
Publication date: 3rd May 2019
Author: Fiorella (Keele University, UK) Montero-Diaz
Publisher: CRC Press Inc an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 156 pages
Categories: Social classes, Sociology,

About Fiorella (Keele University, UK) Montero-Diaz

Fiorella Montero-Diaz is a lecturer in ethnomusicology at Keele University. She holds an M.Mus. from Goldsmiths University and a PhD from Royal Holloway - University of London. Franka Winter is a political sociologist with a PhD from the University of Dublin.

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