Social Movements and States in Latin America: Dancing with Dynamite East Coast Book Tour

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East Coast Book Tour (Scroll down for tour dates and locations)
Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in
Latin America (AK Press)

By Benjamin Dangl

For an excerpt and table of contents, visit

“Ben Dangl breaks the sound barrier, exploding many myths about Latin America that are all-too-often amplified by the corporate media in the United States.  Read this much-needed book.”—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

Dancing with Dynamite dares to navigate the cloudy waters of Latin American social movements in the wake of the neoliberal wave, something which increasingly fewer thinkers and activists dare to do, but which turns out to be urgent.”—Raúl Zibechi, Uruguayan journalist and author of Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces

In the past decade, grassroots social movements played major roles in electing left-leaning governments throughout Latin America, but subsequent relations between the streets and the states remain uneasy. In Dancing with Dynamite, award-winning journalist Benjamin Dangl explores the complex ways these movements have worked with, against, and independently of national governments. From dynamite-wielding miners in Bolivia to the struggles of landless farmers in Brazil and Paraguay, Dangl discusses the dance between movements and states in seven different Latin American countries. Using original research, lively prose, and extensive interviews with workers, farmers, and politicians, he suggests how Latin American social movement strategies could be applied internationally to build a better world now.

Bio: Benjamin Dangl has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for the Guardian Unlimited, The Nation, and the NACLA Report on the Americas. He is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia, and the editor of, a progressive perspective on world events and, a website on activism and politics in Latin America. He teaches Latin American history and globalization at Burlington College in Vermont. Email BenDangl(at)gmail(dot)com

Locations and Dates

Dancing with Dynamite will be presented by the author at the following locations.

November 7, 6 pm
Paltz, NY
Caribbean and Latin American Support Project
Village Hall, 25 Plattekille Ave.
New Paltz, NY

November 9th, 7 pm
New York City
, NY
Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 777-6028

November 10, 7pm
, PA
Wooden Shoe Books

704 South Street • Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 413-0999

November 11, 7pm
, MD
Red Emma’s Bookstore

800 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-0450

November 12th 7:30 pm
, DC
Christ Lutheran Church
5101 16th St. NW (16th & Gallatin)
Sponsored by the Dream City Collective.

November 19, 6pm
Burlington, VT

Firehouse Gallery
, Upstairs
135 Church St
Burlington, VT, 05401