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Civil Resistance and Violent Conflict in Latin America

Mobilizing for Rights

  • Cécile Mouly
  • Esperanza Hernández Delgado
Book

Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Juan Masullo, Cécile Mouly, María Belén Garrido
    Pages 111-136
  3. Esperanza Hernández Delgado, Claudia Patricia Roa Mendoza
    Pages 137-156
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 245-247

About this book

Introduction

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 analyze 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, bringing to light 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.

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 Professor at the University of La Salle, Colombia, and peace researcher, lecturer and consultant on local peace initiatives, civil resistance, mediations in the Colombian armed conflict, peace processes and peace education. 

Keywords

non-violent resistance peace-building Latin America civil resistance military repression

Editors and affiliations

  • Cécile Mouly
    • 1
  • Esperanza Hernández Delgado
    • 2
  1. 1.FLACSO EcuadorQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.University of La SalleBogotáColombia

About the editors

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. 



Bibliographic information

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)