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Community Organizing, Rebellion, And The Progressive State: Neighborhood Councils In El Alto, Bolivia

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During the Gas Wars of 2003-5, while many groups participated in the broad-based social movements that brought down two neoliberal governments in Bolivia, the role played by the Federation of Neighborhood Council (FEJUVE) in the indigenous city of El Alto was decisive. How did a grassroots urban community organization, focused on the delivery of basic neighborhood services, become the major protagonist in a civil insurrection against the neoliberal order? How did FEJUVE move from organizing the community to organizing rebellion? What challenges do FEJUVE and the neighborhood councils now confront in relation to the new Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) government? These questions are addressed in this chapter. Whether FEJUVE and other popular organizations can successfully shift from their past confrontational and current defensive postures to a new mode of constructive but critical collaboration with the progressive state, while continuing to affirm their autonomist and participatory traditions, remains to be seen.

Keywords: Bolivia; community organization; El Alto; FEJUVE; Gas Wars; Movement Towards Socialism (MAS); neoliberal order; progressive state; rebellion



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