Sociology Department University of Texas at Austin
Paper prepared for special issue of Ethnography on “Planned Suffering: The Politics of Infrastructural Violence.”
The recent “left turn” in Latin American politics has placed the reduction of inequality, the “alleviation” of poverty, and “social inclusion” at the center of public discourse and policy- making in the region. In what Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore (2010) recently called a veritable transnational “fast-policy” development, CCTs (conditional cash transfer programs) have become the main strategy to deal with urban and rural poverty (Weyland et al. 2010).