By James Petras, James J. Brittain
Release date: February 2, 2010 | ISBN-10: 074532875X | ISBN-13: 978-0745328751
This ebook provides an insider's account of Columbia's inner clash. on the leading edge are the progressive militia of Colombia-People's military (FARC-EP). even supposing they're probably the most robust army forces in Latin American background, little is understood in regards to the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains the place and why this political army stream got here into lifestyles and assesses even if the equipment hired through the insurgency have the aptitude to unfastened these marginalised in Colombia. As democratic socialism develops in Venezuela and Bolivia, Brittain's interesting examine assesses the relevance of armed fight to twenty first century Latin American politics. this can be a vital identify for these wishing to increase a whole knowing of the continent. through comparing the FARC-EP's activities, ideological development, and their theoretical placement, the e-book gauges how this guerrilla circulate pertains to progressive thought and perform and during what tangible mechanisms, if any, they're making a new Colombia.
"A theoretically and empirically wealthy research of the insurgency and its historic origins. this can turn into a reference element for students trying to knowing the structural origins of Colombia's ongoing conflict." —Dr Doug Stokes, Senior Lecturer in diplomacy, collage of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
"A precious learn of the factors, which means and value of the armed insurgency in Colombia. It [presents a welcome holiday from the hegemony of the apolitical discourses that experience ruled the scholarship on Colombia's conflict."—Nazih Richani, affiliate Professor of Political technological know-how and Director of Latin American stories, Kean collage
"Based on vast first-hand study in guerrilla-controlled areas, Brittain chronicles the origins, improvement and achievements of Colombia’s FARC-EP whereas dispelling some of the myths surrounding the insurgent team. This ebook is a must-read for any students and activists attracted to either the heritage of social fight and its destiny directions." —Terry Gibbs, affiliate Professor of Political technological know-how and Director of the Centre for overseas reports, Cape Breton collage, Canada
About the Author
James J. Brittain is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Acadia college in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. he's additionally the co-founder of the Atlantic Canada-Colombia learn staff. James' fundamental study and instructing pursuits comprise the praxis of social swap in Latin the USA, the relevance of classical social concept in modern geopolitics, and replacement sorts of overseas improvement. James' most modern courses regarding Colombia have seemed in Controversia, Cuadernos de Sociología, improvement, funds & feel, international discussion, magazine for Peasant reports, Labour, Capital and Society, per month assessment, New Politics, Peace assessment, Rethinking Marxism, Socialist experiences, The Saskatchewan Institute for Public coverage, Z journal, and Zed Books.
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Extra resources for Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP
A growing minority of the FARC-EP are outside the country’s many small villages and towns (Petras, 2003: 99). By constructing a support base, extensive geographical breadth, and an expanding ideological model of emancipation, the FARC-EP has proven the ability to move its revolutionary ethos beyond the countryside. ” These comments were not new, as many have claimed that the guerrillas have very little support from the general public. Such claims are however simplistic, and it could be argued that they are false representations of the realities in parts of the country.
Indd 18 14/10/2009 07:56:03 EJÉRCITO DEL PUEBLO 19 By the mid-1990s roughly 105 fronts existed (Hylton, 2006: 89; Petras, 1999: 31). After observing numerous meetings involving the FARC-EP, I collected data that suggested the possibility of at least an additional dozen fronts by the early to mid-2000s. This assessment was shown to be accurate during a heated debate between Roger Noriega, assistant secretary of state for the Western hemisphere affairs under the George W. Bush administration, and Colombian political scientist Daniel García-Peña Jaramillo.
They had a common theme: that the guerrillas did not represent or fight for the masses, but that the insurgency was the masses. In no way are the guerrillas separate from the general population (Gibbs, 2008; Kalyvas, 2006; CISLAC, 2001). Areas I visited showed the insurgents living in close proximity to peasants and small producers. Colombian biologist Liliana M. ” In short, the FARC-EP is not differentiated from the peasantry, but rather respectfully inhabits the same environment. Sociogeographical research has shown trends of migration to FARC-EP territories.
Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP by James Petras, James J. Brittain