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Solidaridades en confrontación, resistencias y órdenes sociales en tiempos de pandemia [Clashing solidarities, resistances, and social orders in times of pandemic]

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Esteban CastroORCiD



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The COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Latin America in a political environment very hostile for the popular sectors and the communities historically marginalized, particularly Afrodescendent and Indigenous communities. With few exceptions, there is an expansion of regressive, authoritarian, even criminal policies in many of these countries, which have weakened or even dismantled the limited systems of institutionalized social solidarity. The article discusses the notion of “clashing solidarities” and places the emphasis on the elements that give cohesion to the power groups responsible for these processes, particularly the persistence of social Darwinism and different forms of discrimination that provide support for the justification and naturalization of structural inequalities. The work examines examples of the forms of solidarity within the dominant groups, their concrete expressions in the discursive and political domains, and how these are confronted from alternative spaces of solidarity centred on the defence of life and the struggle for more just and substantively democratic social orders.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Castro JE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Realis

Year: 2020

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 146-170

Print publication date: 30/09/2020

Online publication date: 30/09/2020

Acceptance date: 30/09/2020

Date deposited: 05/12/2020

ISSN (electronic): 2179-7501

Publisher: Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil