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Cultures in Conflict: Social Movements and the State in Peru

Susan Stokes


This ethnography set in contemporary Peru provides an analysis of the making and unmaking of class consciousness among the urban poor. The author's research strategy is multifaceted; through interviews, participant observation, and survey research she digs deeply into the popular culture of the social activists and shantytown residents she studies. The result is a penetrating look at how social movements evolve, how poor people construct independent political cultures, and how the ideological domination of oppressed classes can shatter. This work is a new chapter in the growing literature on t ... More

Keywords: Peru, class consciousness, urban poor, social activists, shantytown residents, social movements, poor people, independent political cultures, oppressed classes, clientelism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780520086173
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520086173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Stokes, author