The problem of citizenship has long affected Latin America, simultaneously producing inclusion and exclusion; division and unity. Its narrative and practice both reflect and contribute to the region's profound inequalities. However, citizenship is usually studied on the margins of society. Despite substantial public interest in recent mass mobilizations, the middle- and upper classes are rarely approached as political agents or citizens. As the region's middle classes continue to grow and new elites develop, their importance can only increase.
This interdisciplinary volume addresses this gap, showcasing recent ethnographic research on middle- and upper-class citizenship in contemporary Latin America. It explores how the region's middle- and upper classes constitute themselves as citizens through politics and culture, and questions how these processes interact with the construction of difference and commonality; division and unity. Subsequently, this collection highlights how elite citizenships are constructed in dialogue with other identities; how these co-constructions reproduce or challenge inequality; and whether they have the potential to bring about change.
Citizenship in the Latin American Upper and Middle Classes will appeal to scholars, advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as Latin American Studies, Citizenship Studies, Political Science and Cultural Studies; and to a general readership interested in Latin American politics and society.