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Aspirational politics? Exploring repercussions of emerging middle classes in Latin America

16.05.2019 – 18.05.2019

Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr / Dr. Raúl Acosta

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Globalized trade and economic links have produced increased affluence in countries with scarce experience of democracy, producing fragile or precarious middle classes amid stark inequalities.

While recent scholarly interest in the growth of Latin American middle classes has begun to unpack its history, cultural significance, and ramifications, the political effects of this novel posterity have not been explored in depth.

We do not seek to uncover overarching tendencies in the region, but rather examine specific examples through ethnographic and historic detail that may challenge established assumptions and shed light on unexamined phenomena.

In this three day symposium, we bring together scholars from anthropology in Europe, Latin America and the US to discuss the political consequences of the increasing affluence in the subcontinent.


Aspirational politics? Exploring repercussions of emerging middle classes in Latin America

An anthropological approach to the political repercussions of increasing affluence in a region characterised by stark inequalities, racial and socioeconomic prejudices, and discordant urbanization.

Senatssaal (E106) & Kleine Aula (A120),
Hauptgebäude LMU München
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Keynote speakers

Sian Lazar (Cambridge)
Ricardo López (Western Washington University)


María Florencia Blanco Esmoris (Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, Buenos Aires)
Adolfo García Jerez (Universidad del Valle)
Hendrikje Grunow (Universität Konstanz)
Nell Haynes (Georgetown University)
Benjamin Junge (State University of New York)
Moises Kopper (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies)
Pia Maier (LMU Munich)
Ellen Moodie (University of Illinois)
Denisse Román Burgos (El Colegio de Michoacán/University of Aberdeen)
Claudia Stern (University of Edinburgh)
Claudia Zamorano (CIESAS, Ciudad de México)

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