An undeniable and welcome contribution to existing literature on popular organizing in Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution.
—Hispanic American Historical Review
Anyone interested in social movements, Venezuela, or urban politics in Latin America should find this book interesting.
—Leigh Binford, author of The El Mozote Massacre: Anthropology and Human Rights
Highly original and, thanks to many years living in the barrios, rich and textured.
—Daniel Hellinger, author of Comparative Politics of Latin America: Democracy at Last?
Valencia is breaking ground through his research methods.
—Journal of Anthropological Research
Give[s] insight into some of the tensions present when a democratizing movement does not distinguish clearly between state, government, and civil society and [into] the extent to which popular actors might be agents for change.
—Latin American Perspectives