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Book Review: ‘Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia’ by James J Brittain

Figueroa-Clark, Victor (2010) Book Review: ‘Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia’ by James J Brittain. International Affairs at LSE (08 Apr 2010). Website.

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‘Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia’ is set to become a key text for those seeking to understand the Colombian crisis. Overturning many of the assumptions that are made about both the Colombian state and the guerrillas, Brittain has managed to write a book that opens a new window onto the Colombian situation, blowing away the cobwebs of old preconceptions and forcing the reader to re-evaluate their opinions of both the state, the guerrillas, Colombian society, and the role of the United States in the conflict.Brittain’s book uses a study of the FARC as a lens on Colombian history and on the current situation. The reasons for the FARC’s existence are clearly covered, as is its world view. The chapters on the political economy of rural Colombia, and the role of the Colombian elite in the conflict provide a clear analysis of the roots of the conflict and show that far from being an organisation that has lost its ideology, the FARC are a highly ideological organisation determined to establish an alternative social order. An innovative and indigenously developed version of Marxism, where a development of Gramscian hegemony rather than the conquest of state power is the fundamental, is the basis of this political project.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 14:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:27

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