The University of Wisconsin Press

Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America
Edited by Jessica Stites Mor

Critical Human Rights
Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus, Series Editors

“An excellent, cutting-edge volume that provides new insight into Latin American thought and forms of transnational organizing during the period of the Cold War.”
—Catharine C. LeGrand, coeditor of Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.–Latin American Relations

With the end of the global Cold War, the struggle for human rights has emerged as one of the most controversial forces of change in Latin America. Many observers seek the foundations of that movement in notions of rights and models of democratic institutions that originated in the global North. Challenging that view, this volume argues that Latin American community organizers, intellectuals, novelists, priests, students, artists, urban pobladores, refugees, migrants, and common people have contributed significantly to new visions of political community and participatory democracy. These local actors built an alternative transnational solidarity from below with significant participation of the socially excluded and activists in the Global South.
Edited by Jessica Stites Mor, this book offers fine-grained case studies that show how Latin America’s re-emerging Left transformed the struggles against dictatorship and repression of the Cold War into the language of anti-colonialism, socioeconomic rights, and identity.

Jessica Stites Mor is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and was research affiliate of the Instituto de Historia Emilio Ravignani of the University of Buenos Aires. She is author of Transition Cinema and coeditor (with Claudia Feld) of El pasado que miramos.

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March 2013
LC: 2012013284 JC
318 pp.   6 x 9  

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