Neoliberal Politics and Moral Riots in Bolivia’s ‘Black February’

Understanding the Transition to Post-Neoliberalism in South America

Pablo Lapegna University of Georgia

Widespread riots and seemingly chaotic uprisings have played a key role in recent processes of social, political, and economic change throughout the world –from overthrowing neoliberal governments in Latin America to the ‘Arab Spring’. Drawing on archival research and in-depth interviews, I scrutinise a two-day massive riot during February 2003 in La Paz, Bolivia, known as ‘Black February’. 

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