Analysis Of Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution

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On December 6th, 1998, Venezuela elected a man who would come to symbolize the era of 21st Century Socialism in the form of Lt. Colonel Hugo Chavez Frias. Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution would set its sights on massive reforms for a state that had marginalized the nearly 50% of impoverished households and transformed the government into an emblem of corruption.
Nearly two decades later, the nation is in the grips of the Western Hemisphere’s most severe economic and political crises, yet similar issues which drove Chavez and his party to power remain at the fore. Through the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship, I plan to live in and tour Venezuela for nine months, exploring how 18 years of revolution have transformed the face and collective story of this young democracy’s populace.
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But while mainstream media reports focus on headlines and online videos capture a glimpse of real life, they often overlook the human element. Weaving together the intricate story will demand a precise and concerted effort to engage with this element. My affiliation with the Center of Political Research at the Catholic University of Andres Bello (UCAB) as well as my informal affiliations will allow me to work directly with the community and delve into the contemporary social issues such as poverty, crime, inequality, and health which have helped fuel the political fire and drive the national