This review-essay analyses John Beverley’s post-subalternist perspective on the intertwinement of theoretical discourse and politics – so-called Latinamericanism – in the Latin American context. This conjuncture is characterised by the marea rosada, or pink tide, of moderate leftist governments. I contend that Beverley grasps the change introduced by this trend and lucidly criticises the neoconservative, moderate, and deficient political implications of different theoretical views. This contribution notwithstanding, I argue that Beverley’s theoretical project fails effectively to conceptualise this political tide as an object of theoretical inquiry: namely, to grapple with the marea rosada’s Latinamericanism as a populist political logic that simultaneously neutralises and drives socialist transformation.
LaclauErnesto‘Populism: What’s in a Name?’2004Online Papers, Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Essex, available at: <https://www.essex.ac.uk/centres/TheoStud/onlinepapers.as>.