Guerra del Gas: resistance, subaltern counterpublics, and indigenous rhetoric in Bolivia

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Title: Guerra del Gas: resistance, subaltern counterpublics, and indigenous rhetoric in Bolivia
Author: Naputi, Tiara Rose
Abstract: This thesis presents a rhetorical analysis of the Guerra del Gas movement in Bolivia from 2003 to 2005 . It views the social movement and its major uprisings as emerging from a subaltern counterpublic that grounded its resistance in uniquely indigenous rhetoric . Chapter one provides a theoretical framework for understanding indigenous rhetoric as embodying a discourse of subaltern sensibilities and situating subaltern counterpublic theory within the historic -cultural situation of Bolivia to understand contemporary struggles over natural resources and against neoliberal politics within the country . The indigenous rhetoric of the Guerra del Gas movement provided a direct refutation of natural gas privatization and neoliberal hegemony . The second chapter is a case study that explores the indigenous rhetoric of the October 2003 and May -June 2005 uprisings that characterized the subaltern counterpublic sphere of the Guerra del Gas movement . In chapter three the theoretical frame of subaltern rhetoric is established to analyze Evo Morales’ inaugural address as an embodiment of a discourse of subaltern sensibilities . The conclusion chapter offers some directions for further research and considers how understanding indigenous rhetoric has implications for social struggle and organized resistance in a world of increasing globalization and neoliberal hegemonic policymaking .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -517
Date: 2010-08-05

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Guerra del Gas: resistance, subaltern counterpublics, and indigenous rhetoric in Bolivia. Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -517 .

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