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Protest and Social Movements in Peru

  • Moises ArceEmail author
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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Abstract

Peru experienced a surge in protests by a variety of social actors after the fall of the Fujimori regime in 2000. This chapter reviews the main contributions of the social movements’ literature in order to better understand the factors that explain this surge. The review helps us clarify the fragmented and short-lived nature of several mobilizations in the country. This chapter also presents and describes an original subnational dataset of protest in Peru, recording 31 years of mobilizations based on the print media. The figures illustrate the changing nature of mobilizations as a consequence of economic liberalization. In congruence with contributions from the social movements’ literature, the figures also highlight the salience of political conditions as central to explaining rising mobilizations over other explanatory factors.

Keywords

Contentious politics Social movements Strikes Protests Democracy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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