Volunteers in the Middle of Cold War Ideological Struggles

  • Fernando Purcell


This chapter takes on the ideological dimensions of the Peace Corps’ extension. Its labors unfolded amid deep disputes that affected its efforts. To the degree that the Peace Corps’ efforts complemented local private and public initiatives, they generated support. Alternately, given the Cold War ideological framework that informed the paradigms of social intervention, they also generated rejection and suspicion. All these factors shaped the experiences of many volunteers and led to extreme situations in which specific projects and volunteers were expelled from universities and even from countries such as Bolivia and Peru, which barred the program altogether in the early 1970s. Nonetheless, the Peace Corps continues today. It has evolved over time, adapting to new political, social, and ideological contexts.


Ideology Cold War Conflicts Accusations Espionage Violence Expulsion Universities Anti-Americanism 


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  • Fernando Purcell
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  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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