Urban Guerrilla vs Citizens Revolution: The Ecuadorian Dilemma at the Turn of the Century examines how trauma and modernity affected the daily lives of Ecuadorian guerrilla activists. Utilizing oral histories and archival study, this book describes the lives of activists in the Ecuadorian guerrilla group ¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!. Dr. Nicolas Buckley demonstrates not only how these AVC activist’s life stories reveal their traumas, but also how their traumas are proof that modern Ecuador is still anchored in its colonial past. Further, Dr. Buckley explores two identities that emerged in Latin America, the “mestizo” versus the “indigenous.”
Nicolás Buckley is professor of postgraduate studies at European University of Madrid.
Foreword by David Carey Jr.
Chapter 1: Theory and daily life in Latin America
Chapter 2: The experience of modernity
Chapter 3: Dreams of a mestizo youth
Chapter 4: Reggaeton or Citizen´s Revolution?
Epilogue: The indigenous rebellion of 2019. Crossing experiences between the activists and the oral historian
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This is a wonderfully rendered work of historical recuperation. Buckley, with graceful style, captures both the hopes and fears that ran across the political spectrum in Ecuador. Invaluable.
The current text brilliantly highlights AVC's political, social and cultural contributions, and assesses its greater impact within the problematics of modernity. It is without a doubt a welcomed document to the greater understanding of social reality in South America and the Andes.
Part meditation on modernity, part reflection on the aging of revolutionary activism, part oral history collection, this readable volume on Ecuador’s Alfaro Vive Carajo offers the first systematic account of a unique if often overlooked guerrilla movement from Latin America’s Cold War.