Political Movements and Violence in Central America

Political Movements and Violence in Central America

by Charles D. Brockett
     
 

ISBN-10: 052184083X

ISBN-13: 9780521840835

Pub. Date: 03/14/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers an in-depth analysis of the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America for the three decades beginning in 1960, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala. Examining both urban and rural groups as well as both nonviolent social movements and revolutionary movements, this study has two primary theoretical…  See more details below

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This book offers an in-depth analysis of the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America for the three decades beginning in 1960, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala. Examining both urban and rural groups as well as both nonviolent social movements and revolutionary movements, this study has two primary theoretical objectives. The first seeks to clarify the impact of state violence on contentious political movements. Under what conditions will escalating repression provoke challengers to even greater activity and perhaps even to the use of violence themselves or, conversely, intimidate them back into passivity? The second defends the utility of the political process model for studying contentious movements, indeed, finds in this model the key to resolving the repression-protest paradox. The study is based on the most thorough set of events data on contentious political activities collected for Latin American countries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521840835
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The social construction of grievances37
3The emergence of urban contentious movements : El Salvador69
4The emergence of urban contentious movements : Guatemala97
5Contentious peasants and the problem of consciousness raising130
6Cycles of contention169
7Changing political opportunities and contentious challengers : Guatemala194
8Changing political opportunities and contentious challengers : El Salvador and Central America230
9Contention and repression : Guatemala265
10Contention and repression : El Salvador292
11Conclusion324

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