There are seven common trends in the modern Latin American social movement listed below. What would a parallel trend look like for social movements in the U.S.? Are the challenges different here? Do we have these same problems or their opposite? Would the same solutions work?
- Territorialization of the movement.
- Autonomy from the state and political parties.
- Re-valorization of their culture and affirmation of their identity.
- Formation of their own intellectuals, education of their own leaders.
- Changing role of women, families as productive units.
- Non-hierarchical work structure, minimal division of labor.
- Self-affirming forms of action to make themselves visible.
The two extremes of the most significant debate are whether to opt for a centralized, highly visible organization or a diffuse, discontinuous one. Is this debate happening in the U.S.? What are your thoughts for them or us?