Grassroots Democracy and Environmental Citizenship in Tigre, Argentina

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Title:
Grassroots Democracy and Environmental Citizenship in Tigre, Argentina
Author:
Helmus, Andrea Marie
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Alarmed by contamination provoked by a terrible flood, residents from the river delta city of Tigre, Argentina formed an environmental asamblea--a horizontally organized neighborhood action group to address environmental stress from water contamination and unchecked development. The decision to form an asamblea reflects a larger trend in political participation underway since Argentina's 2001 crisis. In 2001, widespread discontent with neoliberalism provoked many to participate in asambleas, since asambleas use direct democracy to collectively make decisions. This format reflected the peoples' disillusionment with representative democracy, authoritarian politics, and traditional channels of participation. Years later in Tigre, the asamblea has been an effective means to formulate a new vision of participatory democracy, and a citizenship that includes the environment as a right and responsibility. The actions and ideas of the asamblea have challenged neoliberal hegemony in the community, demonstrating the promise of grassroots alternatives in weakening dominant paradigms.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
2001; Argentina; Asamblea; Citizenship; Democracy; Environment
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Latin American Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Beezley, William H
Committee Chair:
Beezley, William H

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleGrassroots Democracy and Environmental Citizenship in Tigre, Argentinaen_US
dc.creatorHelmus, Andrea Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorHelmus, Andrea Marieen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAlarmed by contamination provoked by a terrible flood, residents from the river delta city of Tigre, Argentina formed an environmental asamblea--a horizontally organized neighborhood action group to address environmental stress from water contamination and unchecked development. The decision to form an asamblea reflects a larger trend in political participation underway since Argentina's 2001 crisis. In 2001, widespread discontent with neoliberalism provoked many to participate in asambleas, since asambleas use direct democracy to collectively make decisions. This format reflected the peoples' disillusionment with representative democracy, authoritarian politics, and traditional channels of participation. Years later in Tigre, the asamblea has been an effective means to formulate a new vision of participatory democracy, and a citizenship that includes the environment as a right and responsibility. The actions and ideas of the asamblea have challenged neoliberal hegemony in the community, demonstrating the promise of grassroots alternatives in weakening dominant paradigms.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subject2001en_US
dc.subjectArgentinaen_US
dc.subjectAsambleaen_US
dc.subjectCitizenshipen_US
dc.subjectDemocracyen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmenten_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLatin American Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBeezley, William Hen_US
dc.contributor.chairBeezley, William Hen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberOglesby, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMoore, Sarah Aen_US
dc.identifier.proquest10475en_US
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