Landscapes of Struggle: Politics, Society, and Community in El Salvador

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Aldo Lauria-Santiago, Leigh Binford
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004 - History - 326 pages
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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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About the author (2004)

Lauria-Santiago is associate professor of history and director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.

Leigh Binford is Chair of the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department of the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He is the author of The El Mozote Massacre: Anthropology and Human Rights, co-edited Landscapes of Struggle: Politics, Community, and the Nation-State in Twentieth-Century El Salvador and Zapotec Struggles, and co-authored Obliging Need: Rural Petty Industry in Modern Mexican Capitalism.

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