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Book Launch: 'Citizenship and Political Violence in Peru: an Andean Town 1870s-1970s'

Publication date: Sep 2, 2013 4:09:46 PM

Start: Oct 23, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 23, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ

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Citizenship and Political Violence in Peru (Palgrave, 2013), by Fiona Wilson (Sussex/Roskilde); discussants: Prof James Dunkerley (QMUL) and Dr Patricia Oliart (Newcastle). This book recounts the hidden history of how local processes of citizen formation in an Andean town were persistently overruled from the nineteenth century on, thereby perpetuating antagonism toward the Peruvian state and political centralism.

The analysis points to the importance of two long-term processes. One reflected the memory of earlier municipal citizenship and the possibilities of political change; the other stemmed from the outlawing of political opposition which pushed radical dissent underground and into extremism, creating the conditions for the political violence in the 1980s. The book builds on the detailed study of a unique municipal archive in Tarma and ethnographic research from both before and after the violence.

Fiona Wilson is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Society and Globalization, Roskilde University, Denmark and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. She has coordinated the research programs "Democratizing Latin America?" and "Livelihood, identity, and organization in situations of instability" and has published widely on citizenship issues in the Andes, gender and informality in Mexico, and development aid and rights.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.