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Studies of the Americas

Civil Resistance and Violent Conflict in Latin America

Mobilizing for Rights

Editors: Mouly, Cecile, Hernandez Delgado, Esperanza (Eds.)

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  • Helps identify new trends in the phenomenon of civil resistance, for instance against the exploitation of natural resources
  • Looks at the modality in which civil resistance has taken place, its results and the factors that have influenced these, as well as the challenges faced
  • Discusses cases of civil resistance that have occurred in four main types of contexts – armed conflict, authoritarian regimes, exploitation of natural resources and land grabbing – where opponents have shown their readiness to use violence against resisters
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This book explores distinct forms of civil resistance in situations of violent conflict in cases across Latin America, drawing important lessons learned for nonviolent struggles in the region and beyond. The authors analyse campaigns against armed actors in situations of internal armed conflict, against private sector companies that seek to exploit natural resources, and against the state in defence of housing rights, to cite only some scenarios of violent conflict in which people in Latin America have organized to resist imposition by powerful actors and/or confront violence and oppression. Each of the nine cases studied looks at the violent context in which civil resistance took place, its modality, its results and the factors that influenced these, as well as the challenges faced, offering useful insights for scholars and practitioners alike.

About the authors

Cécile Mouly is Research Professor at FLACSO Ecuador and a practitioner specializing in peace and conflict studies. Her publications include various articles on civil resistance in the context of armed conflict, and the role of civil society in peacebuilding.
Esperanza Hernández Delgado is Doctor in Peace, Conflict and Democracy, Research Professor at the University of La Salle, Colombia, and consultant on local peace initiatives, civil resistance, mediations in the Colombian armed conflict, peace processes and peace education. 



Reviews

“The case studies of this riveting volume are each written by country experts, disclosing widely diverging Latin American nonviolent struggles, many ongoing. With varying methodologies, the book’s specialists strive for discrimination in analyzing campaigns against targeted groups ranging from the state to the private sector (both national and foreign corporations), and including violent non-state opponents in guerrilla groups, paramilitaries, and private security firms. Developing relationships with primary actors in their chosen civil resistance campaigns, their rigorous fieldwork and interviewing in the site of action makes this an important work of stirring insights. It belongs on the desk of every instructor on international politics, contemporary Latin American studies, and in the satchel of each student of civil resistance.” (Mary Elizabeth King, Director, James Lawson Institute, and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace, Costa Rica)

“This book is a genuine tour-de-force and finest effort to analyze and present nonviolent resistance across Latin America. At this point in time, there is no better reading companion shining the light of wisdom on the richness of nonviolent campaigns and movements in the region than this unique volume. The editors and authors of this impressive volume must be commended for having gathered and recorded the stories and cases of nonviolent struggles across the region that students, educators, practitioners and activists in Latin America and beyond can now use in their learning, teaching, training, community work, and activism. This book gives us new knowledge about the civil resistance practice in Latin America but also hope and optimism about nonviolent endeavor and resilience of many in the region.” (Maciej Bartkowski, Senior Director for Education and Research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, USA)

“Based on single-case and comparative analysis of a wide spectrum of socio-political nonviolent campaigns across Latin America, this book offers much welcome innovative empirical data on several essential components of civil resistance. Its contributors uncover the various mechanisms through which civil resistance by grievance groups can leverage power and redress power asymmetry against injustice or violence by the state, multinational companies or non-state armed groups, especially over material resources such as land and natural resources. The book also sheds light on under-researched areas of enquiry within nonviolent action scholarship, from spirituality and discursive power to the added value of synergizing civil resistance with institutional action. It will be of great empirical and conceptual value to students, scholars and activists alike, both within Latin America and beyond.” (Véronique Dudouet, Research Programme Director, Berghof Foundation, Berlin)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Civil Resistance in Contexts of Violent Conflict in Latin America—Leveraging Power to Defend One’s Rights

    Pages 1-15

    Mouly, Cécile (et al.)

  • The Civil Resistance of Yaqui and Guarijio in Sonora, Mexico: Meanings, Scope and Challenges

    Pages 17-40

    Hernández Delgado, Esperanza

  • A Rebellion of Spirituality: On the Power of Indigenous Civil Resistance in Honduras

    Pages 41-63

    Maher, Mónica A.

  • Qué Diría Carlos? The ‘No al Canal’ Movement and the Rhetoric of Resistance to Nicaragua’s ‘Grand Canal’

    Pages 65-84

    McCall, Sarah (et al.)

  • Venezuelan Struggle Towards Democratization: The 2017 Civil Resistance Campaign

    Pages 85-110

    Puyosa, Iria

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05033-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05032-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civil Resistance and Violent Conflict in Latin America
Book Subtitle
Mobilizing for Rights
Editors
  • Cecile Mouly
  • Esperanza Hernandez Delgado
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05033-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05033-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05032-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 247
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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