This book offers an in-depth analysis of the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America during 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. First, to clarify the impact of state violence on contentious political movements. Under what conditions will escalating repression provoke challengers to even greater activity (perhaps even the use of violence themselves) and under what conditions will it intimidate them back into passivity? Second, to defend the utility of the political process model for studying contentious movements, indeed, finding 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 from Latin American countries.
'Charles Brockett, a recognised and respected commentator on Central American affairs, here presents an in-depth analysis of the interactions of the region's popular movements with repressive regimes from the 1960s to the 1980s.' British Bulletin of Publications
"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
Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 14th March 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.66