Wednesday 12 September 2018

The Violence of Democracy_book cover

Congratulations to Dr Ainhoa Montoya on the publication of her monograph “The Violence of Democracy: Political Life in Postwar El Salvador” with Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

Her book offers novel insights into the ability of a democracy to accommodate violence.  Based on ethnographic research, it argues that war legacies and the country’s neoliberalization have enabled an intricate entanglement of violence and political life.

The book explores the clandestine connections between violent entrepreneurs and political actors, the blurring of the licit and illicit through the consolidation of economies of violence, and the reenactment of latent wartime conflicts and political cleavages during postwar electoral seasons. The author also discusses the potential for grassroots memory work and a political party shift to foster hopeful visions of the future and, ultimately, transform the country’s violent democracy.

“Beautifully written and deeply troubling...” (Daniel M. Goldstein, Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University, USA)

“Ainhoa Montoya’s rigorous ethnography of both political ritual and everyday life is unmatched in postconflict studies.” (Ellen Moodie, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Readers can enjoy a 20% discount off the printed book or eBook for a limited period using the following discount codes:
PM18TWENTY4 - valid Oct 9, 2018 – Nov 6, 2018

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