WHO ARE THE DISPOSSESSED?
3)Strategies for Social Change
2) who are the dispossessed?
- refers to the sense of injustice in having something important taken away: land, goods,
natural resources, opportunities or rights.
- Edward Said (1994): The Politics of Dispossession -> the struggle for Palestinian self-
- Dispossessed = lower classes, the subaltern, popular sectors.
- A civil society coup: the toppling of democratically elected governments by social
movements. It’s a direct action tactic. Social revolution is not so much on the agenda
3) Strategies for Social Change
Pathways to Change
1)Electoral Politics: the parliamentary road to social and political reform (working
within the system). During the 60’s and 70’s this option was frowned upon; not
radical enough. Today it has become the weapon of choice for many movements.
Ecuador’s Indigenous Pachakukk Party (MVPP-NP)
Bolivia’s Indigenous and Worker MAS Party (Movement Toward Socialism)
Brazil’s Social Movement Worker’s Party