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Political Movements and Violence in Central America : Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics - Charles D. Brockett

Political Movements and Violence in Central America

Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

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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

Figures, Tables, and Mapsp. ix
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
From Grievances to Contentious Movements
The Social Construction of Grievancesp. 37
The Emergence of Urban Contentious Movements: El Salvadorp. 69
The Emergence of Urban Contentious Movements: Guatemalap. 97
Contentious Peasants and the Problem of Consciousness Raisingp. 130
Opportunity, Contention, and Repression
Cycles of Contentionp. 169
Changing Political Opportunities and Contentious Challengers: Guatemalap. 194
Changing Political Opportunities and Contentious Challengers: El Salvador and Central Americap. 230
Contention and Repression: Guatemalap. 265
Contention and Repression: El Salvadorp. 292
Conclusionp. 324
Referencesp. 329
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ISBN: 9780521600552
ISBN-10: 0521600553
Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 21st February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.59