The Violence of Democracy

Political Life in Postwar El Salvador
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ISBN-13:
9783319763293
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.06.2018
Seiten:
303
Autor:
Ainhoa Montoya
Gewicht:
561 g
Format:
218x151x25 mm
Serie:
Studies of the Americas
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Demonstrates anthropology's ability to contribute to the study of democracy-making and explores how the notion of democracy can be imbued with diverse meanings
1. Introduction 2. The Fallacy of the Telos of Transition
Part I: A Violent Democracy
3. The Postwar Gray Zone of Politics
4. Neoliberalization and the Violence Within
5. War Re-Enactment through Elections
Part II: Towards Substantive Democracy
6. Memory Work in the Aftermath of War
7. The 2009 Shift
8. Conclusion
9. Epilogue.
This book offers novel insights about the ability of a democracy to accommodate violence. In El Salvador, the end of war has brought about a violent peace, one in which various forms of violence have become incorporated into Salvadorans' imaginaries and enactments of democracy. Based on ethnographic research, The Violence of Democracy argues that war legacies and the country's neoliberalization have enabled an intricate entanglement of violence and political life in postwar El Salvador. This volume explores various manifestations of this entanglement: the clandestine connections between violent entrepreneurs and political actors; the blurring of the licit and illicit through the consolidation of economies of violence; and the reenactment of latent wartime conflicts and political cleavages during postwar electoral seasons. The author also discusses the potential for grassroots memory work and a political party shift to foster hopeful visions of the future and, ultimately, to transform the country's violent democracy.