Based on in-depth interviews with 74 intellectuals of the Lefts in Cuba and Mexico, Reinventing Revolution explores the rapidly changing thinking of progressives on the big?and enduring?questions of democracy, economic alternatives, and national sovereignty. Offering a unique world-systems perspective on the sociology of intellectuals and ideology, Edward McCaughan concludes that the collapse of state socialism, the rise of neoliberalism, and accelerated economic globalization have deeply challenged the old paradigms of Latin America's socialist and nationalist lefts and have given rise to renovative ideas that defy both Marxist and liberal orthodoxies. The book's findings are relevant not only throughout Latin America but in Eastern Europe, Russia, South Africa, India, and other regions of the world where political, social, and intellectual forces continue to defy predictions about the ?end of history.? Reinventing Revolution will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Latin American politics and political theory, the sociology of intellectuals and ideology, and nationalism and revolution in the Third World.
Table of Contents
Preface: Loss, Renewal, and Frida's Blue House, Acknowledgments, Introduction: Global Change, Paradigm Crisis, and the Renovation of Left Discourse, The Backdrop: From the Revolutionary 1960s to the Neoliberal1980s-What's Left?, Democracy I: The Persistence of Socialist and Liberal Orthodoxies, Democracy II: Renovative Perspectives on Democracy, Socialism I: State vs. Market, Socialism II: Renovative Perspectives on Economic Alternatives, National Sovereignty I: The Nation-State in the Post-Cold War, Globalized World-System, National Sovereignty II: Toward a Relative Autonomy of the Nation-State, Conclusions: Past Imperfect, Present Tense, Future Conditional, About the Book and Author, Index
Edward J . McCaughan is assistant professor of sociology at Loyola University in New Orleans.