The Emotional Benefits of Insurgency in El Salvador

Elisabeth Jean Wood

in Passionate Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780226303987
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304007 | DOI:
The Emotional Benefits of Insurgency in El Salvador

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Beginning in the mid-1970s, peasants in El Salvador joined in a broad social movement against long-standing patterns of political and economic exclusion. Despite brutal repression by state security forces, some continued to participate throughout the subsequent civil war as members of the guerrilla forces, as civilian collaborators providing intelligence and supplies, and as members of opposition organizations aligned with the insurgent guerrilla force (the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, FMLN). This chapter presents an account of peasant political mobilization in El Salvador, which emphasizes the emotional benefits of participation, a particular kind of in-process benefit, as the key to understanding the willingness of campesinos to support the FMLN and its sister organizations.

Keywords: peasants; insurgency; El Salvador; political mobilization

Chapter.  5998 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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