Class/Race Polarisation in Venezuela and the Electoral Success of Hugo Chávez: a break with the past or the song remains the same?

  title={Class/Race Polarisation in Venezuela and the Electoral Success of Hugo Ch{\'a}vez: a break with the past or the song remains the same?},
  author={B. Cannon},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={731 - 748}
  • B. Cannon
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Third World Quarterly
Abstract Polls have repeatedly shown a class-based polarisation around Chávez, which some political science analysis on Venezuela has recognised. This paper seeks to show, however, that this class-based division needs to be placed in historical context to be fully understood. Examining Venezuelan history from the colonial to the contemporary era the paper shows, unlike most previous work on Bolivarian Venezuela, that race is an important subtext to this class-based support, and that there is… Expand
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