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From the Publisher"Brockett assesses the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala, from 1960 to present. Highly recommended."
"Charles Brockett's fine book approaches the collective action conundrum with a careful comparative case study of political mobilization of participation in the social movements that challenged the regimes of El Salvador and Guatemala during the 1970s and 1980s...Political Movements and Violence in Central America contributes importantly to our understanding of how citizens, organizations, and activists solved the collective action paradox in the immensely coercive political contexts of Guatemala and El Salvador...this excellent study persuades on many levels...Brockett here advances both the theory of contentious movements and our particular knowledge of the details of these two cases."
Political Science Quarterly, John A. Booth, University of North Texas
"Political Movements and Violence in Central America will become one of the classic works that all scholars of the region's politics during the second half of the 20th century will want to consult."
Liisa L. North, York University, CJLACS/RCELAC
"Despite all the impressive empirical data and the detailed reconstruction of protest cycles in both Guatemala and El Salvador, Political Movements and Violence in Central America is a book that never loses sight of the basic human commitment to equality and liberty that lies at the heart of contentious politics."
Pablo Andrade, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Perspectives on Politics
"The book is very interesting and well informed...This stimulating book will be useful for graduate students who have an interest in social movements, especially political mobilization and state repression in Latin America."
Carlos A. Mendoza, University of Notre Dame
"...I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Political Movements and Violence in Central America...The book is a major accomplishment and a great addition to the literature on Central America and contentious movements generally."
Hector Perla Jr., Journal of Third World Studies