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Power And Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements
Power And Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements
Edited by Susan Eckstein
University of California Press, 1989, 342 pp

Historians, sociologists, political scientists and anthropologists from Latin America, the United States and Europe have collaborated to produce these empirically detailed and analytically grounded essays on different forms of defiance in contemporary Latin America: from Peru's frightening Shining Path to the upper-middle-class mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, from tin miners in Bolivia to religious movements of different shapes throughout Latin America. Most studies of Latin America today focus on elite concerns and perspectives-state structures, political parties and interest groups. This stimulating collection, by focusing on "popular" groups, helps to redress the balance. In a challenging introductory essay, the editor analyzes class and market relations, gender, politics and religion as diverse sources of discontent and shows how these are channelled in different ways as a result of institutional structures, interclass ties and alliances, state structures, and global economic and geopolitical forces.