Barrio Rising

Urban Popular politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela, a talk by Venezuelan historian Alejandro Velasco.  Food will be provided.

Beginning in the late 1950s political leaders in Venezuela built what they velebrated 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 ethnograhic 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 Chāvez.