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CROLAR Vol. 7, No.1,

Cultural Production and Political Power in Latin America 

There was no longer Tlahtoani [the Mexican ruler] and Temachtiani [the teacher]. The year was 1553 and these Mexican terms were articulated at the Royal College of Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, perhaps for the first time, to name another reality: that of the viceroyalty and the priest. Later, this colonial articulation sealed a particular manner of exercising the relationship between political power and culture in Latin America, although with significant local variations. Therefore, putting these articulations into question is neither an antiquarian’s curiosity nor a cultural atavism characteristic of the periphery, and much less a harmless intellectual exercise. The present issue of CROLAR revisits these relationships in the age of global neoliberalism and its authoritarian or progressive drifts at a regional level.


There is an extensive, significant tradition of research and analysis of power and the political sphere in Latin America. Over the last few years, however, and due to disciplinary as well as political biases, approaches that circumscribe the actuality of the political to democratic processes and institutions have prevailed, hence isolating politics from its social and economic context and blurring its links to the cultural realm. Nonetheless, intellectuals, notables, mandarins, experts, and technocrats have historically nourished and masculinized those links, thus contributing to their naturalization.


On the other hand, and even though they are subjects sensitive to the exercise of political power, cultural producers have but few spaces to reflect on the ways ... more

Luis Emilio Martínez Rodríguez, Felipe Lagos Rojas & the CROLAR Editorial Team


Vol 7, No 1 (2018): Cultural Production and Political Power in Latin America

Table of Contents


Tlahtoani/Temachtiani. On the History of Ruptures and Continuities between Political Power and Culture in Latin America


Dependencia académica y profesionalización en el Sur. Perspectivas desde la periferia de Fernanda Beigel y Hanan Sabea (2014)
Edgar Góngora Jaramillo
Chili actuel: gouverner et résister dans une société néolibérale de Antoine Faure, et al. (editors) (2016)
Héctor Ríos-Jara
El desorden de la democracia. Partidos políticos de mujeres en Chile de Alejandra Castillo (2014)
Eliana Largo

Review Articles

Poéticas del despojo, políticas del descontento: de la determinación política a la saturación económica en la producción estética en América Latina
Tomás Peters
Indigenous Intellectuals and the Politics of Decolonial Knowledge: New Anti-Colonial Paradigms in Abya Yala
Sebastián López Vergara
New Marxisms in the Making: Thinking Desencuentros and Abigarramientos
Felipe Lagos Rojas
Pensamiento crítico y movilización social en América Latina
Carlos Acevedo Rodríguez

Classics Revisited

José Aricó and the Question for Latin-American Marxism
Martín Cortés

Special Section

Feminismo, Democracia y Neoliberalismo en América Latina. Una conversación con Verónica Schild
Por una intelectualidad militante: poder destituyente, crítica a la articulación populista y desafíos feministas y decoloniales. Entrevista con Verónica Gago
Reflexiones sobre el quehacer sociológico y la violencia urbana. Entrevista con Javier Auyero


La continua intervención de Stuart Hall. Presentación del documental The Stuart Hall Project (2013)
Maria José Yaksic
Lo antisocial de la disidencia. Presentación del libro Inflamadas de retórica. Escrituras promiscuas para una tecno-decolonialidad (Jorge Díaz y Johan Mijail, 2016)
Alejandra Castillo
Traducciones inéditas al español e inglés de Darcy Ribeiro (1979): “Réquiem” [Requiem]
Manuel Macía

Complete Edition

Complete Edition CROLAR Vol. 7(1)