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Peru in Theory

  • Editors
  • Paulo Drinot

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

About this book


Can 'theory' teach us anything about Peru? Can 'Peru' teach us anything about theory? The chapters in this volume explore these questions by establishing a productive dialogue between Peru and theory. Focusing on institutional weakness and economic, social, gendered, racialized, and other forms of exclusion key issues in recent social scientific inquiry in Peru - the contributors to this volume assess the extent to which the analytical frameworks of a number of social and cultural theorists can inform, and, at the same time, be informed by, Peru as a case study.


Peru Latin America Theory Institutions Exclusion History Politics Tocqueville Albert Hirschman James C. Scott Samuel P. Huntington Ernesto Laclau Georges Batailla Michel Foucault Michael Mann Judith Butler economy gender government Nation nationalism politics reforms social science sovereignty violence weapons

About the authors

Omar Awapara Franco, University of Texas at Austin, USA Maria Balarin, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Valeria Biffi, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Jelke Boesten, King's College London, UK Eduardo Dargent, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Paulo Drinot, Institute of the Americas, University College London, UK Daniella Gandolfo, Columbia University, USA Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook University, the State University of New York, USA Cecilia Perla, Brown University, USA José Carlos Orihuela, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Alberto Vergara, University of Montreal, Canada Matthias vom Hau, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain

Bibliographic information


“Drinot’s Peru in Theory is something of a tour d’ force in the field of Peruvian studies, bringing together a range of new scholars to plumb the theories of the great theorists in order to illuminate various aspects of what sociologist José Matos Mar referred to as Peru Problema. … Peru in Theory stands out as a shining example of what can be done with a similar approach for other country-specific cases.” (Peter F. Klaren, Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 48 (1), February, 2016)

"In this superb collection, ten authors bring to bear the work of theorists ranging from Michel Foucault to Judith Butler to rethink two frustratingly pervasive characteristics of Peru: inequality and institutional flimsiness. This is not only an indispensable examination of Peru, but also a wide-ranging and creative dialogue about the power and limitations of theory." - Charles Walker, University of California, Davis, USA

"Thanks to Paulo Drinot for this book. I learned a great deal about Peru, about the relevant theorists, and, best yet, how to continue the process of better integrating theoretical universals with empirical particulars. It will teach Peru specialists and social theorists alike." - Miguel Angel Centeno, Princeton University, USA