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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.

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    Beverley 2004, p. 21.

  • 4

    Beverley 2004, p. 22.

  • 5

    See the Marxist critiques of Smith (2001) and Bartolovich (2004).

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    Derrida 1997.

  • 7

    Eagleton 1998, p. 123.

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    Williams 1977.

  • 12

    Latin American Subaltern Studies Group 1993, p. 111.

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    Said 1979.

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    Santí 2005, p. 90.

  • 15

    Santí 2005, p. 87.

  • 16

    Guha 1988, p. 35.

  • 17

    Laclau 2000, pp. 296–7.

  • 18

    Gramsci 1971, p. 52.

  • 19

    Chaturvedi 2007, p. 10.

  • 20

    Chibber 2013, p. 7.

  • 22

    Chibber 2013, p. 15.

  • 23

    García Linera 2006a.

  • 26

    Robinson 2008, position 4228.

  • 27

    Hardt and Negri 2000 and 2004.

  • 28

    Hardt and Negri 2000, p. 411.

  • 29

    Bauer 2000.

  • 31

    Moraña 2008. In Borges’s tale, a student refuses to incorporate into his thesis the secrets revealed by an indigenous community.

  • 32

    Sarlo 2005.

  • 33

    Moreiras 2001, p. 293.

  • 34

    Moreiras 2001, p. 294.

  • 35

    Moreiras 1997, quoted in Beverley 2004, p. 97.

  • 37

    Gramsci 2000, p. 205.

  • 39

    Gramsci 2000, pp. 205–6.

  • 40

    Morales 2002.

  • 42

    Moreiras 1997, quoted in Beverley 2004, p. 97.

  • 43

    Beverley 2004, p. 97.

  • 44

    Laclau 2005, pp. 69, 73, 78.

  • 45

    Laclau 2005, pp. 67–128.

  • 47

    Laclau 2005, p. 93.

  • 48

    Laclau 2005, p. 120; my emphasis.

  • 49

    Laclau 2011, pp. 172–3.

  • 50

    Laclau 2011, p. 166.

  • 51

    Laclau 2011, p. 174.

  • 52

    Laclau 2005, pp. 136, 141.

  • 53

    Laclau 2005, pp. 101–17.

  • 54

    Webber and Carr 2013, pp. 4–8.

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