Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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." Choice"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
This analysis of the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala, examines urban and rural groups as well as nonviolent social movements and revolutionary movements over three decades from 1960 on. It studies the impact of state violence on contentious political movements and defends the political process model for studying such movements.
This book studies the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America.
Table of Contents
Part I. From Grievances to Contentious Movements: 1. The social construction of grievances; 2. The emergence of urban contentious movements: El Salvador; 3. The emergence of urban contentious movements: Guatemala; 4. Contentious peasants and the problem of consciousness raising; Part II. Opportunity, Contention, and Repression: 5. Cycles of contention; 6. Changing political opportunities and contentious challengers: Guatemala; 7. Changing political opportunities and contentious challengers: El Salvador and Central America; 8. Contention and repression: Guatemala; 9. Contention and repression: El Salvador.