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May 2004
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Landscapes of Struggle
Politics, Society, and Community in El Salvador
Lauria-Santiago, Aldo, Binford, Leigh
An interdisciplinary assessment of El Salvador’s history, politics, and culture from the late nineteenth century through the present.

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Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago is an associate professor of history at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He edited (with Avi Chomsky) Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation State: The Laboring Peoples of Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean (Duke University Press). His articles have appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review and the Latin American Research Review.
Leigh Binford is senior researcher at the Instituto de Ciencas Sociales y Humanidades, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma in Puebla, Mexico and author of The El Mozote Massacre: Anthropology and Human Rights.
"An excellent example of a new generation of scholarship on El Salvador. It represents a concerted effort to apply the insights of subaltern studies, gender studies, historical anthropology, and cultural studies to the understanding of the country’s past." —Héctor Lindo-Fuentes, Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, Fordham University

"Rarely has history met contemporary cultural and political analysis of Latin America on such fertile terrain. . . . A fresh, critical, interdisciplinary lens."—Charles R. Hale, University of Texas

“Especially illuminating are the chapters treating urban violence in contemporary society and the effects of migration to the US on the country’s social and economic development.”—Choice

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During the 1980s, El Salvador's violent civil war captured the world's attention. In the years since, the country has undergone dramatic changes. Landscapes of Struggle offers a broad, interdisciplinary assessment of El Salvador from the late nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the ways local politics have shaped the development of the nation. Proceeding chronologically, these essays-by historians, political scientists, sociologists, and anthropologists-explore the political, social, and cultural dynamics governing the Salvadoran experience, including the crucial roles of land, the military, and ethnicity; the effects of the civil war; and recent transformations, such as the growth of a large Salvadoran diaspora in the United States. Taken together, they provide a fully realized portrait of El Salvador's troublesome past, transformative present, and uncertain future.


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