Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745328751 Published February 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745328768 Published February 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP

James J. Brittain

Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP

James J. Brittain

Distributed for Pluto Press

352 pages | 5.90551 x 9.05512
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745328751 Published February 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745328768 Published February 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This book presents an insider's account of Columbia's internal conflict. At the forefront are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP).

Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains where and why this political military movement came into existence and assesses whether the methods employed by the insurgency have the potential to free those marginalised in Colombia.

As democratic socialism develops in Venezuela and Bolivia, Brittain's fascinating study assesses the relevance of armed struggle to 21st century Latin American politics. This is an essential title for those wishing to develop a full understanding of the continent.

By evaluating the FARC-EP's actions, ideological construction, and their theoretical placement, the book gauges how this guerrilla movement relates to revolutionary theory and practice and through what tangible mechanisms, if any, they are creating a new Colombia.

Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Prologue
List of Diagrams, Graphs, Maps, and Tables
List of Acronyms
Preface
1. An Overview of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP): A History of Radicalism in the Countryside
2. Ejército del Pueblo: A Sociological Analysis of Radical Social Change
3. Theorizing Revolution: The Importance of Colombia
4. Colombia's Rural Political Economy in Historical and Contemporary Perspective
5. The Political Economy of Coca in Colombia, Past and Present
6. Dominant Class Reactionism: Far-Right Politics and Paramilitarism
7. The FARC-EP's Relation to (Pre)Revolutionary Social Change
8. Prospects for the Future: From 'Dual Power' to Taking Power
Bibliography
Index

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