THE PEOPLE AND CHÁVEZ IN VENEZUELA

Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, Drexel University, United States

July 2017

About our Guest: Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher is a political scientist, writer and an Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, United States. He is the author of We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Duke University Press, 2013), Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (Jacobin-Verso, 2016), Decolonizing Dialectics (Duke University Press, 2017), as well as author of several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Interviewer: Ana Fonseca

Description: Dr. Ciccariello-Maher discusses his book, We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution, published in 2013 by Duke University Press, which traces back the roots of contemporary political dynamics in Venezuela to the long-term history of Venezuelan social movements.

How did formerly dispersed forces encounter and connect with more unified kinds of movements such as Chavismo in Venezuela during the 1980s and 90s? Who created Chávez? What was the impact of the 1989 Caracazo and the 2002 coup on contemporary socio-political dynamics in Venezuela? In what sense were the guerrillas representative of the pueblo or the people in Venezuela? Dr. Ciccariello-Maher addresses these and other key questions during this interview.

RH-The People and Chávez in Venezuela


Keywords/themes: Venezuela, the pueblo, the people, Chávez, Bolivarian Revolution, Caracazo, decolonization, coloniality, leadership, unity.


"Latin America ... still suffers the very heavy weight of a coloniality that has structured its geography, its conceptions, its identity, its political institutions, its racial structure, its gendered structure, and all of these aspects constitute a part of coloniality. So, the task is still very much a decolonial one."

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Audio: Ciccariello-Maher, George. "The People and Chávez in Venezuela." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, audio, July 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-07-george-ciccariello-maher-drexel-university-united-states-the-people-and-chavez-in-venezuela

Transcription: Ciccariello-Maher, George. "The People and Chávez in Venezuela." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, transcription, July 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-07-george-ciccariello-maher-drexel-university-united-states-the-people-and-chavez-in-venezuela

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