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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.
Author(s): Castro JE
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
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