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Political violence and the authoritarian state in Peru : silencing civil society /
by Jo-Marie Burt.
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Basingstoke ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
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xviii, 286 p. : ill., map.
ISBN
0230600387
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Basingstoke ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
isbn
0230600387
contents note
The weak state -- Social consequences of state breakdown -- Terror v. terror -- The crisis of organized politics -- The iron belts of misery -- In the gray zones : states of shining path -- The Battle of Villa El Salvador -- The authoritarian reconstitution of the state -- "Quien habla es terrorista" : the politics of fear -- The authoritarian state and the resurgence of civil society.
catalogue key
6295334
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Burt's book brings the clarity of well reported facts, so often lost in the thick fog of insurgencies, together with a lucid analysis of events and outcomes. Hers is an outstanding examination of the lethal yet intricate confrontation between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state that had democracy and civil society as its main casualties and ended up in a decade-long barely disguised dictatorship. She narrates and explains an often tragic, uniquely Peruvian story, yet succeeds in expressing its universal resonance."--Gustavo Gorriti, award-winning journalist and author ofThe Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru"This book is a dazzling achievement. Jo-Marie Burt offers a riveting, up-close analysis of political violence, the state, and civil society in Peru. This rigorous, nuanced work revises much of the conventional wisdom about both Peru's Shining Path insurgency and the Alberto Fujimori government. With important insights about how insurgencies can exploit weak states and how authoritarian leaders can exploit the legacies of political violence, this book is invaluable for persons seeking to understand the challenges of democracy building in today's world."--Cynthia McClintock, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
"Burt's book brings the clarity of well reported facts, so often lost in the thick fog of insurgencies, together with a lucid analysis of events and outcomes. Hers is an outstanding examination of the lethal yet intricate confrontation between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state that had democracy and civil society as its main casualties and ended up in a decade-long barely disguised dictatorship. She narrates and explains an often tragic, uniquely Peruvian story, yet succeeds in expressing its universal resonance."--Gustavo Gorriti, award-winning journalist and author of The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru "This book is a dazzling achievement. Jo-Marie Burt offers a riveting, up-close analysis of political violence, the state, and civil society in Peru. This rigorous, nuanced work revises much of the conventional wisdom about both Peru's Shining Path insurgency and the Alberto Fujimori government. With important insights about how insurgencies can exploit weak states and how authoritarian leaders can exploit the legacies of political violence, this book is invaluable for persons seeking to understand the challenges of democracy building in today's world."--Cynthia McClintock, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
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Using ethnographic research, the author provides original insights into Shining Path's efforts to spread revolution to the capital city and the evolving responses of the urban poor to the insurgency
Main Description
The Shining Path was one of the most brutal insurgencies ever seen in the Western Hemisphere.Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peruexplores the devastating effects of insurgent violence and the state's brutal counterinsurgency methods on Peruvian civil society. Drawing on ethnographic research in Lima's vast shantytowns, the author provides original insights into Shining Path's efforts to spread its revolution to the capital city and the evolving responses of the urban poor to the insurgency. The book examines how the growing insurgent threat gave rise to a despotic regime led by Alberto Fujimori and his secret advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, until it collapsed under the weight of its own corruption and the rebirth of civil society. Burt's analysis provides compelling insights into the way societies sacrifice freedom and democracy in the name of fighting terrorism, but also the way ruling elites manipulate societal fears to perpetuate their power and privilege.
Main Description
This book analyzes two of the most complex and enigmatic phenomena to emerge in Latin America in recent decades: the extremely violent Shining Path guerrilla movement, and the decade-long regime of political outsider turned dictator, Alberto Fujimori. The book describes the context in which these two authoritarian political projects flourished and their effects on Peruvian civil society and contemporary Peruvian democracy.
Main Description
The proposed book is an analysis of two of the most complex and enigmatic phenomena to emerge in Latin America in recent decades: the extremely violent Shining Path guerrilla movement, and the decade-long regime of political outsider turned dictator, Alberto Fujimori. The book describes the context in which these two authoritarian political projects flourished and their effects on Peruvian civil society and contemporary Peruvian democracy.
Main Description
The Shining Path was one of the most brutal insurgencies ever seen in the Western Hemisphere. Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru explores the devastating effects of insurgent violence and the state's brutal counterinsurgency methods on Peruvian civil society. Drawing on ethnographic research in Lima's vast shantytowns, the author provides original insights into Shining Path's efforts to spread its revolution to the capital city and the evolving responses of the urban poor to the insurgency. The book examines how the growing insurgent threat gave rise to a despotic regime led by Alberto Fujimori and his secret advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, until it collapsed under the weight of its own corruption and the rebirth of civil society. Burt's analysis provides compelling insights into the way societies sacrifice freedom and democracy in the name of fighting terrorism, but also the way ruling elites manipulate societal fears to perpetuate their power and privilege.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Civil Society, Political Violence, and the Authoritarian State in Peru
State Formation and State Deformation
The Weak State
Social Consequences of State Breakdown
Terror versus Terror
TheCrisis of Organized Politics
Gray Zones and Guerrillas: Shining Path in Lima
The Iron Belts of Misery
In the Gray Zones: States of Shining Path
The Battle of Villa El Salvador
State Making Against Democracy
The Authoritarian Reconstitution of the State
'Quien habla es terrorista': The Politics of Fear
The Authoritarian State and the Resurgence of Civil Society
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