Performing the Political: Encapuchados in Venezuela
Abstract

Each week like clockwork, Encapuchados--"hooded ones"--appear on the streets of Caracas to protest. Protest what? To what effect? Calzadilla examines the Encapuchados phenomenon in terms of Venezuelan gendered notions of virility, the performance of political identity and spectatorship, and finally, an embodiment of an imagined political community.