What Justice? Whose Justice?: Fighting for Fairness in Latin America / Edition 1

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The new millennium began with the triumph of democracy and markets. But for whom is life just, how so, and why? And what is being done to correct persisting injustices? Blending macro-level global and national analysis with in-depth grassroots detail, the contributors highlight roots of injustices, how they are perceived, and efforts to alleviate them. Following up on issues raised in the groundbreaking best-seller Power and Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements (California, 2001), these essays elucidate how conceptions of justice are socially constructed and contested and historically contingent, shaped by people's values and institutionally grounded in real-life experiences. The contributors, a stellar coterie of North and Latin American scholars, offer refreshing new insights that deepen our understanding of social justice as ideology and practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520237452
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Eva Eckstein is Professor of Sociology at Boston University and former president of the Latin American Studies Association. She is the author of Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro (1994). Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley is Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and former program chair of the Latin American Studies Association. He is the author of Guerrillas and Revolution in Latin America: A Comparative Study of
Insurgents and Regimes since 1956
(1992). Together they edited Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America (2002).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Struggles for Justice in Latin America 1
2 Social Inequality, Civil Society, and the Limits of Citizenship of Latin America 35
3 An Exception to Chilean Exceptionalism? The Historical Role of Chile's Judiciary 64
4 Presidential Crises and Democratic Accountability in Latin America, 1990-1999 98
5 The Vicious Cycle of Inequality in Latin America 133
6 Perpetrators' Confessions: Truth, Reconciliation, and Justice in Argentina 158
7 Colombia: Does Injustice Cause Violence? 185
8 Progressive Pragmatism as a Governance Model: An In-Depth Look at Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1989-2000 217
9 Citizen Responses to Conflict and Political Crisis in Peru: Informal Politics in Ayacucho 233
10 Social Justice and the New Indigenous Politics: An Analysis of Guatemala, the Central Andes, and Chiapas 257
11 The War of the Peace: Indigenous Women's Struggle for Social Justice in Chiapas, Mexico 285
12 Reflections on Remembrance: Voices from an Ixcan Village 313
List of Contributors 337
Index 341
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