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On-line version ISSN 1983-8239
GADEA, Carlos A.. The study of social movements and the political left in latin america. Cad. CRH [online]. 2008, vol.21, n.54, pp. 493-504. ISSN 1983-8239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-49792008000300006.
This paper tries to accomplish a brief analysis on the theoretical and analytical complicated issues in the study of the social movements. In that sense, some analysis lines are established for a more appropriate interpretation and understanding of the contemporary collective phenomena. On the other hand, this paper aims to articulate the analytical cornerstone on social movements with the political and social trajectory lived by the political left in Uruguay, mainly starting from the process of political redemocratization of the decade of 80. Finally, the cultural-political space is discussed as it is occupied today by that trend in the national government, suggesting some interpretations on its historical meaning in our present.
Keywords : Social movements theories; social theory; political left; Uruguay; Latin America.