Seeking Rights from the Left

Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Pink Tide

Seeking Rights from the Left
Book Pages: 344 Illustrations: Published: January 2019

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Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology > Social Theory

Seeking Rights from the Left offers a unique comparative assessment of left-leaning Latin American governments by examining their engagement with feminist, women's, and LGBT movements and issues. Focusing on the “Pink Tide” in eight national cases—Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Venezuela—the contributors evaluate how the Left addressed gender- and sexuality-based rights through the state. Most of these governments improved the basic conditions of poor women and their families. Many significantly advanced women's representation in national legislatures. Some legalized same-sex relationships and enabled their citizens to claim their own gender identity. They also opened opportunities for feminist and LGBT movements to press forward their demands. But at the same time, these governments have largely relied on heteropatriarchal relations of power, ignoring or rejecting the more challenging elements of a social agenda and engaging in strategic trade-offs among gender and sexual rights. Moreover, the comparative examination of such rights arenas reveals that the Left's more general political and economic projects have been profoundly, if at times unintentionally, informed by traditional understandings of gender and sexuality.

Contributors: Sonia E. Alvarez, María Constanza Diaz, Rachel Elfenbein, Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Niki Johnson, Victoria Keller, Edurne Larracoechea Bohigas, Amy Lind, Marlise Matos, Shawnna Mullenax, Ana Laura Rodríguez Gustá, Diego Sempol, Constanza Tabbush, Gwynn Thomas, Catalina Trebisacce, Annie Wilkinson 

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Seeking Rights from the Left represents a much needed advance in the study of comparative politics, left politics, and gender and sexuality studies more generally. Eschewing simplistic formulae, this book takes on the nuance and complexity of contemporary efforts to advance a progressive agenda in Latin America in a global context that is riven by contradictions. This volume offers a rich theoretical treatment, amply demonstrating the shortcomings of a single-issue approach to understanding political change. No one dedicated to understanding or driving progressive political change should miss the lessons from this book.” — S. Laurel Weldon, coauthor of The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights Around the World


Seeking Rights from the Left is a pleasure to read. The contributors—a mix of established and younger authors, scholars, and activists—offer fresh perspectives on Latin America's ‘Pink Tide,’ bringing new knowledge and critical insights to bear on governments celebrated for being committed to principles of equality and diversity.” — Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at University College London


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Elisabeth Jay Friedman is Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco and the author of several books, including Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America.

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Foreword / Amy Lind  ix
Acknowledgments  xiii
Introduction. Contesting the Pink Tide / Elisabeth Jay Friedman and Constanza Tabbush  1
1. Explaining Advances and Drawbacks in Women's and LGBTIQ Rights in Uruguay: Multisited Pressures, Political Resistance, and Structural Inertias / Niki Johnson, Ana Laura Rodríguez Gustá, and Diego Sempol  48
2. LGBT Rights Yes, Abortion No: Explaining Uneven Trajectories in Argentina under Kirchnerism (2003-15) / Constanza Tabbush, María Constanza Díaz, Catalina Trebisacce, and Victoria Keller  82
3. Working within a Gendered Political Consensus: Uneven Progress on Gender and Sexuality Rights in Chile / Gwynn Thomas  115
4. Gender and Sexuality in Brazilian Public Policy: Progress and Regression in Depatriarchalizing and Deheteronormalizing the State / Marlise Matos  144
5. De Jure Transformation, De Facto Stagnation: The Status of Women's and LGBT Rights in Bolivia / Shawnna Mullenax  173
6. Toward Feminist Socialism? Gender, Sexuality, Popular Power, and the State in Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution / Rachel Elfenbein  200
7. Nicaragua and Ortega's "Second" Revolution: "Restituting the Rights" of Women and Sexual Diversity? / Edurne Larracoechea Bohigas  235
8. Ecuador's Citizen Revolution (2007-17): A Lost Decade for Women's Rights and Gender Equality / Annie Wilkinson  269
Afterword. Maneuvering the "U-Turn": Comparative Lessons from the Pink Tide and Forward-Looking Strategies for Feminist and Queer Activisms in the Americas / Sonia E. Alvarez  305
Contributors  313
Index  317
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0152-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0117-1
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