An Alternative Theorethical Approach to the Phenomenon of Social Movements: The Argentinazo Movement

University essay from Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Development Studies; Lunds universitet/Graduate School; Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Abstract: In the last decade, the social movements have been critical agents of the social change. The rise of the anti-globalisation movements remarks the onset of a new era for the social movements. Although the anti-globalisation movements commonly emerge at the trans-national level, there is a unique case in Argentina which illustrates that the anti-globalisation movements are also feasible at the national level. The Argentinazo movement is a remarkable example for the new social movements at the national level. With demonstrations and pan-banging following the financial collapse of Argentina in 2001, the masses were out on the streets and crying out against the corrupted state, the inhumane face of neo-liberal globalisation. Then, this study elaborates on the factors leading to the failure of the Argentinazo in changing politics and economy. To find an answer for the failure of the movement, this study formulates a theory-based explanation within the historicity of the Argentinazo movement.

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