Why, in both democratic and authoritarian governments, do the politically and economically weak sometimes take to the streets and not to the ballot boxes? Why do angry workers at times support revolutionary movements but at other times express outrage through footdragging, strike activity, religion, and rituals? And why do similar types of protest movements produce startlingly different results in different countries?
The essays in this bookby historians, sociologists, political scientists, and anthropologistsexplore these questions in a wide-ranging investigation of the causes and consequences of protest movements in Latin America. Eclectic and insightful, the essays represent a range of subjects, from an examination of the varying faces but common origins of rural guerilla movements, to a discussion of multiclass protests, to an essay on different popular movements similarly grounded in Liberation Theology. Together these studies demonstrate that the patterning of defiance is shaped by structural forces that are independent of whatever rage and psychological states of mind that prompted people to protest. Using solid, empirical research, they examine how the dynamics of defiant acts are rooted in institutional and cultural situations.
This volume will attract a wide interdisciplinary audience of scholars, students, and policy-makers and will be an indispensable text for anyone concerned with reducing inequities and injustices around the world, so that oppressed people need not be defiant before their concerns are addressed.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Susan Eckstein is Professor of Sociology at Boston University.
Table of Contents
|List of Tables and Figures||vii|
|Preface to the Second Edition||xiii|
|Preface to the First Edition||xv|
|Chapter 1.||Power and Popular Protest in Latin America||1|
|Chapter 2.||Peru's Sendero Luminoso Rebellion: Origins and Trajectory||61|
|Chapter 3.||Peasant Struggles of the 1970s in Colombia||102|
|Chapter 4.||Winners, Losers, and Also-Rans: Toward a Gomparative Sociology of Latin American Guerrilla Movements||132|
|Chapter 5.||Cultural Resistance and Class Consciousness in Bolivian Tin-Mining Communities||182|
|Chapter 6.||Religion and Popular Protest in latin America: Contrasting Experiences||203|
|Chapter 7.||The Personal Is Political: Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo||241|
|Chapter 8.||Popular Mobilization and the Military Regime in Chile: The Complexities of the Invisible Transition||259|
|Chapter 9.||Interclass Alliances in the Opposition to the Military in Brazil: Consequences for the Transition Period||278|
|Chapter 10.||Debt, Protest, and the State in Latin America||299|
|Chapter 11.||Poor People Versus the State and Capital: Anatomy of a Successful Community Mobilization for Housing in Mexico City||329|
|Epilogue: Where Have All the Movements Gone? Latin American Social Movements at the New Millennium||351|