Citizenship and Political Violence in Peru: An Andean Town, 1870s-1970s

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    Abstract

    Citizenship and Political Violence in Peru recounts the hidden history of how local processes of citizen formation in an Andean town were persistently overruled from the nineteenth century on, thereby perpetuating antagonism toward the Peruvian state and political centralism. The analysis points to the importance of two long-term processes. One reflected the memory of earlier municipal citizenship and the possibilities of political change; the other stemmed from the outlawing of political opposition which pushed radical dissent underground and into extremism, creating the conditions for the political violence in the 1980s. The book builds on the detailed study of a unique municipal archive in Tarma and ethnographic research from both before and after the violence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages244
    ISBN (Print)978-1-137-30952-5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2013
    SeriesStudies of the Americas

    Bibliographical note

    Fiona Wilson is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Society and Globalization at Roskilde University, Denmark and the former Leader of the Governance Team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. She has coordinated the research programs "Democratizing Latin America?" and "Livelihood, identity, and organization in situations of instability" and has published widely on citizenship issues in the Andes, gender and informality in Mexico, and development aid and rights.

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