Ideas do not reflect nations. They create them, subterraneously, or, as in the case of El Salvador, abruptly, propelled by a strong and impetuous political will. Using this principle, Yvon Grenier challenges the dominant explanation of the causes of revolt in El Salvador. He demonstrates that the ideas and ideologies of insurgents, not structural patterns, are the keys to understanding the roots of insurgency. Grenier's focus is the emergence of insurgency in El Salvador (roughly, the 1970s), a period too often confounded with subsequent periods of the revolutionary cycle.This new information, complex portraits of real people, reveals the inadequacies of simple socioeconomic structural explanations, such as poverty, and exploitation by a narrow elite, to explain the course of an entire movement.
"Grenier's book reminds us that ideas have consequences. The fantasies that academics in North America and Europe incorporated into the dominant paradigm, Salvadoran and other Latin American ideologies tried to put into practice, with devastating consequences. . . .It remains to be seen, however, whether North American scholars, who once espoused the dominant paradigm. . . with nothing less than ideological fervor, will show the same intellectual humility in the face of Grenier's devastating critique."
--Alfred G. Cuzan, University of West Florida
Descrizione libro University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998. Condizione libro: Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP69489951
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. The Emergence Of Insurgency El Salvador: Ideology and Political Will (Pitt Latin American Studies). Codice libro della libreria Grb1003501