This article analyses the sociopolitical conflicts in the Venezuelan Hugo Chávez case, exploring the uses and appropriations of political words by ordinary citizens. It reveals that the terms left, right and socialism have not the same meaning for all the citizens although they hear them and use them in their day-to-day life. These words crystallize in effect contrasted belongings, competitive and structuring identities. At the same time, they shed a light on the resources and mechanisms of social and political confrontations during the studied period.
- sociopolitical conflicts
- political terms