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date: 23 October 2019

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The chapter considers how, in different countries and times, feminist movements in Latin America have questioned traditional political paradigms as they proposed new democratic concepts and brought radically innovative aspects under discussion. It offers a historical overview of the rise of Latin American feminism and its links with other democratic struggles; an examination of the characteristics of today’s “low-intensity” democracy in the region, the unequal development of women’s citizenship, and the threat of neoliberal capitalism to Latin America; discussion of the upsurge of new subjects of and perspectives on rights, considering the multicultural and pluri-ethnic features of the region and the new dimensions such emerging struggles are bringing to democracy; and an overview of the major contributions of feminist political theory and epistemology to the idea of radical democracy.

Keywords: rights, citizenship, feminist political theory, Latin American feminism, radical democracy

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