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The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (Large Print 16pt)
New social movements have emerged in Bolivia over the ''price of fire'' - access to basic elements of survival like water, gas, land, coca, employment, and other resources. Though these movements helped pave the way to the presidency for indigenous coca-grower Evo Morales in 2005, they have made it clear that their fight for self-determination doesn't end at the ballot box ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 480 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by ReadHowYouWant
(first published March 1st 2007)
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Three stars might be generous. I feel bad to not like a comrade's book, but I found it very wanting. To adequately address the topics it took on, I feel it needed to be at least two or three times longer. Very important and complex issues were dealt with superficially. Concepts that demanded their own chapters were brushed over in a paragraph. It also seemed like it couldn't figure out if it wanted to be reportage, commentary or ethnography. The haphazard application of all three didn't work.
More than Cochabamba Water Wars, The Price of Fire provides in depth analysis issues surrounding coca and gas in Bolivia. Benjamin Dangl also illuminates in descriptions of social movements and groups. Especially interesting is Dangl's chapter on hip hop and Mujeres Creando (an anarcha-feminist collective).
Things across Latin America look like they've heating up in the last five years to the breaking point. After decades of military rule, right-wing forces, banana republics, and domination by foreign companies, governments in Latin America crushing left-wing movements and people fighting the old orders of extreme wealth and extreme poverty, it really looks like those days are through. Social movements are no longer an isolated thing. From the autonomous movements in Argentina, to the Landless Peop ...more
Apr 24, 2009 Pickle Farmer rated it did not like it · review of another edition
I did not like this book. I did not like it because it didn't have an argument. It just read like summaries of wikipedia articles mixed with the odd journalism case study. Also, I did not like this book because I couldn't figure out who it was written for. It seemed like the kind of book that people who know a lot about Latin America would want to read, and yet it's written like it's for someone who knows absolutely nothing. Please do not use Galeano as a historical source. Just... no. There is ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Nick rated it liked it · review of another edition
This book offers a good critical journalistic account of social movements, the Cold War, and neoliberal exploitation as seen from Bolivia in particular. It is a good source of reference information, though the analysis is shallow in that even June Nash (We Eat the Mines and the Mines Eat Us) is not referenced, much less Michael Taussig. Duncan Green is rightly referenced, though the author relies unduly on Noam Chomsky for analysis of neoliberalism and Latin America. Though I have not yet comple ...more
Decent book about the rise of Bolivias indigenous protest movement in the last decade. Some of the chapters are a little too detailed. The one on coca is very good. Interesting chapter about underground protest art in El Alto and La Paz. Concluding chapter about the first year of Evo Morales is ironically critical, since Evo has since dealt with many of criticisms expressed in the chapter. A bit preachy and not very good at explaining larger concepts. Plus, Dangl provides no counter arguments to ...more
Cultural context and an understanding from broader social context to the individual. Its rare to find political writing with such compassion. Compiled comprehensively with a perspective on the whole without loosing sight of the subject being mankind.