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Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in el Salvador

ISBN-10: 0521010500
ISBN-13: 9780521010504
Edition: 2003
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Description: Widespread support among rural people for the leftist insurgency during the civil war in El Salvador challenges conventional interpretations of collective action. Those who supplied tortillas, information, and other aid to guerillas took mortal  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Widespread support among rural people for the leftist insurgency during the civil war in El Salvador challenges conventional interpretations of collective action. Those who supplied tortillas, information, and other aid to guerillas took mortal risks and yet stood to gain no more than those who did not. Wood's rich tapestry of explanation is based on oral histories gathered from peasants who supported the insurgency and those who did not over a period of many years during and immediately following the war, and interviews with military commanders of both sides. Peasants supported the FMLN, Wood found, not for any material gain that was contingent on their participation, but rather for moral and emotional reasons. Wood's alternative model places emotions and morals, as well as conventional interests, at the heart of collective action.

List of illustrations and tables
Preface and acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
The puzzle of insurgent collective action
Ethnographic research in the shadow of civil war
Redrawing the boundaries of class and citizenship
From political mobilization to armed insurgency
The political foundations of dual sovereignty
The re-emergence of civil society
Campesino accounts of insurgent participation
Explaining insurgent collective action
Epilogue: legacies of an agrarian insurgency
Appendix: A model of high-risk collective action by subordinate social actors
Chronology of El Salvador's civil war
List of references

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