Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dr. Tim Gill publishes piece on Venezuela

July 12th, 2016

Dr. Tim Gill recently had an article published which develops the concept of a ‘world cultural toolkit’, using the Venezuelan government as a case study. See Unpacking the world cultural toolkit in socialist Venezuela: national sovereignty, human rights and anti-NGO legislation

“I argue that although existing cultural scripts promote the spread of democracy and human rights through NGOs, the Venezuelan government has utilized a discourse of national sovereignty to justify its anti-NGO efforts, including the passage of legislation that prohibits foreign funding for politically-oriented NGOs. I argue that instead of one overarching set of cultural scripts, the world polity/society contains conflicting cultural scripts. In doing so, I develop the concept of the world cultural toolkit in order help us make sense of these contradictory cultural scripts concerning state policy.” – Dr. Tim Gill