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Beyond Displacement
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During the civil war that wracked El Salvador from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, the Salvadoran military tried to stamp out dissidence and insurgency through an aggressive campaign of crop-burning, kidnapping, rape, killing, torture, and gruesome bodily mutilations. Even as human rights violations drew world attention, repression and war displaced more than a quarter of El Salvador’s population, both inside the country and beyond its borders. Beyond Displacement examines how the peasant campesinos of war-torn northern El Salvador responded to violence by taking to the hills. Molly Todd demonstrates that their flight was not hasty and chaotic, but was a deliberate strategy that grew out of a longer history of collective organization, mobilization, and self-defense.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: A People without History
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 1. Remapping the Tierra Olvidada
  2. pp. 15-49
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  1. 2. Organizing Flight: The Guinda System
  2. pp. 50-81
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  1. 3. Internationalizing La Guinda
  2. pp. 82-111
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  1. 4. The Politics of Exile
  2. pp. 112-137
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  1. 5. Salvadorans to the Soul: Citizen Refugees and La Lucha
  2. pp. 138-164
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  1. 6. (Re)Writing National History from Exile
  2. pp. 165-189
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  1. 7. Retorno: The Grassroots Repopulation Movement
  2. pp. 190-220
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  1. Conclusion: Campesinos, Collective Organization, and Social Change
  2. pp. 221-227
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-261
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  1. References
  2. pp. 263-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-286
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