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The Bolivarian University of Venezuela: A radical alternative in the global field of higher education?

Mariya Ivancheva

This article discusses paradoxes in the emergent global field of higher education as reflected in an alternative model of the university – the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) and the related higher education policy, Misión Sucre. With its credo in the applied social sciences, its commitment to popular pedagogy and its dependence on extensive fieldwork with communities, UBV offers an alternative model of science and research at the service of society. Drawing on my ongoing research on this university (since 2008), I present the difficulties which the homogenising standards of a global field of higher education pose to a rapidly developing mass public university in a semiperipheral country. I focus on the difficulty of developing evaluation procedures for UBV as this exposes contradictions which are both unique to this new university model and common for a world system of higher education.

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Coffee and socialism in the Venezuelan Andes

Aaron Kappeler

existence.” — Vladimir Lenin, The Development of Capitalism in Russia In this article, I advance an analysis that is ambivalent with regard to the peasantry in the Venezuelan Andes, suggesting these actors are the precipitates of the process of uneven

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After the boom

Petro-politics and the fate of revolution in Venezuela

Aaron Kappeler

Matthew Wilde, A blessing and a curse: Oil, politics, and morality in Venezuela . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2023. Mariya Ivancheva, The alternative university: Lessons from Bolivarian Venezuela . Stanford, CA: Stanford

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Horizontal and vertical politics

Strategic uses of abajo and arriba in the construction of the Venezuelan socialist State

Stefano Boni

hierarchical values. The ethnographic focus is on socialist Venezuela where since 1999 politics was supposed to be transformed from a top-down to a bottom-up process. I argue that this revolutionary conversion in horizontal, grassroots processes, which implies

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“If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, hunger will”

Regional absenteeism and the Wayuu permanent humanitarian crisis

Claudia Puerta Silva, Esteban Torres Muriel, Roberto Carlos Amaya Epiayú, Alicia Dorado González, Fatima Epieyú, Estefanía Frías Epinayú, Álvaro Ipuana Guariyü, Miguel Ramírez Boscán, and Jakeline Romero Epiayú

negligence of the Colombian and Venezuelan states in facing a humanitarian crisis caused by hunger and the death of more than 4,000 children. The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic within this context. Various voices participated in

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Humpty Dumpty Populism

Theopolitics and the Retreat of the Politico-theological in Venezuela (and Elsewhere)

Rafael Sánchez

“Good morning Venezuela, we have a Constituent Assembly … in the midst of threats … defying the bullets of the paramilitary more than 8 million Venezuelans crossed rivers, traversed mountains to cast their ballots in favor of this new assembly

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From proclamation to denial

Indigenous rights and political participation in Venezuela

Catherine Alès

Venezuela occupies a special place in Latin America and its relationships with Indigenous Peoples are not generally well understood. In the context of the new rights granted to indigenous populations the relations between the Amerindian

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Escenarios del cuerpo. Espiritismo y sociedad en Venezuela by Ferrándiz Martín, Francisco


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Non-democracy tolerance

Venezuela in Mercosur and Hungary in the European Union

Tainá Siman

nationalist and conservative movements, and the rise of non-democracies such as the cases of Venezuela, Cyprus, Malta, Hungary, and Poland. How have RIOs responded to the rise of non-democratic governments? To answer this question, this article lists the

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Encountering Compassion

Venezuelan Migrants and Emerging Forms of Humanitarianism in Colombia

Jan Grill

,477,588 migrants from Venezuela in Colombia. Since 2015, the political, economic, and social turmoil in Venezuela have forced more than five million persons to migrate and generated one of the largest humanitarian crises in Latin America. This mobility