Anthony Gill, University of Washington
"How does religious competition beget indigenous mobilization? How does 'competition for souls' turn into ‘competition for votes'? What transforms a peasant movement into armed rebellion? And, finally, what is the impact of armed rebellion on democratization? Guillermo Trejo shows how peasant collective action and insurgency in Mexico emerged from deeper and less visible political processes. Having established that complexity, he then explains this process in a way that is general, simple, and elegant, combining deep understanding, long-term participant observation, and exhaustive empirical data collection and analysis. A superb book."
Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale University
"Guillermo Trejo's impressive study seeks to explain the emergence of indigenous protest in Mexico, why that protest at times turned violent and gradually incorporated ethnic demands, and how that protest helped bring about democratization in Mexico. Lucidly argued and exhaustively researched, Trejo’s long-awaited book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Mexican politics as well as to broader theories of ethnic politics and social movements."
Raúl L. Madrid, University of Texas, Austin
"Popular Movements in Autocracies is a tour de force. Guillermo Trejo masterfully marshals rich and rigorous ethnographic evidence to advance a bold new theory of collective action by poor people. By integrating research on social movements, electoral institutions, and the political economy of religion, the book achieves a powerful synthesis that offers a far stronger explanation of the contrasting fortunes of poor people's movements in modern autocracies."
Richard Snyder, Brown University
"In this richly, theoretically informed study, Guillermo Trejo turns the traditional model of Latin American indigenous protest on its head. Rather than seeing neoliberal policies mobilizing traditional indigenous communities into protest and rebellion he shows how peasant networks in competitive communities constructed ethnic identities where authoritarian state governments used repressive policies to enforce neoliberal reforms. Southern Mexico is the site of his richly empirical research, but his findings extend to wherever Latin American peasant movements engage in protest and rebellion."
Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University
"This study offers a new perspective on the rise (and what Trejo sees a the post-democratisation 'twilight') of indigenous mobilisation in Mexico … this is a book that invites us to rethink historical processes in general terms that are also causal terms."
John Gledhill, Journal of Latin American Studies