Beyond the Pink Tide
Art and Political Undercurrents in the Americas
by Macarena Gómez-Barris

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How can we create a model of politics that reaches beyond the nation-state, and beyond settler-colonialism, authoritarianism, and neoliberalism? In Beyond the Pink Tide, Macarena Gómez-Barris explores the alternatives of recent sonic, artistic, activist, visual, and embodied cultural production. By focusing on radical spaces of potential, including queer, youth, trans-feminist, Indigenous, and anticapitalist movements and artistic praxis, Gómez-Barris offers a timely call for a decolonial, transnational American Studies. She reveals the broad possibilities that emerge by refusing national borders in the Americas and by seeing and thinking beyond the frame of state-centered politics. Concrete social justice and transformation begin at the level of artistic, affective, and submerged political imaginaries—in Latin America and the United States, across South-South solidarities, and beyond.

“With laser-sharp writing, Macarena Gómez-Barris provides a luminous and penetrating analysis of recent artistic and activist efforts across the Americas, with an emphasis on political music, film, performance, and visual art. Beyond the Pink Tide is a timely and compelling book that should be read by anyone seeking critical hope around questions of queer justice, feminist justice, anticapitalist justice, and Indigenous justice.”—Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley

Beyond the Pink Tide helps students understand how art and activism have impacted politics of the Americas. By exploring new movements and practices of opposition and resistance, it increases students’ understanding of political changes in Latin America, the U.S., and the world.

Features & Benefits:

  • Expands students’ understanding of social and political transformation by exploring the everyday practices and coalitional efforts that have driven political change in the Americas.
  • An annotated table of contents introduces students to the key themes and topics covered in each chapter.
  • A glossary puts key terms such as intersectionality, racial capitalism, settler occupation, antinormative, into rich context.
  • Designed for students of American Studies, Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies.

Dynamically rich and interdisciplinary, Beyond the Pink Tide examines the artistic, sonic, and spatial practices that shape South-South affinities and social activisms. It shows us that alternatives to the exhausted and exhausting limitations of liberal democracy are possible. In fact, they are already here.”—Jodi A. Byrd, author of The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism

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