is much more dynamism within the global left, especially
in the South, than is often perceived. The rejection
of capitalism in many of left movements in the South
tends to be accompanied not only by imagining alternatives,
but also by shifting views about what constitutes the
desirable alternative. This, in turn, has meant an interrogation
of some previously standard tenets of socialist understanding.
This essay reviews several features of emerging left
movements in Latin America, Africa and developing Asia
that suggest a move away from some traditional ideas
associated with socialist theory and practice even as
there are two important areas of continuity with the
leftist thinking of the past.
* The article was originally published
in EPW Vol XLVII No.24, June 16 2012.