This article examines social movements and their experiences of struggle in the processes of trade liberalisation that have taken place in Latin America since the early 1990s to the present day. This has been a construction process of transnational collective action in which each experience has served to innovate the preceding one, until an alliance of continental and multisectoral scope was constituted. However, this learning process has not been linear; instead it has experienced both steps forward and setbacks, and its moments of progress have depended, to a great extent, on the capacity of the members of these networks to identify global capital as their enemy in the conflict.
Key words: social movements, free trade agreements, collective action, Latin America
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