Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic Minority Rights Movement in Mexico, Turkey, and el Salvador

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Mneesha Gellman


Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies


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Reviews from Routledge “"From its main question, to its principal lines of argumentation, to its selection of empirical cases, Democratization and Memories of Violence is an important contribution to comparative politics. It demonstrates with uncommon skill how communities across nations and time use the memories of violence to elicit responses from the state and the conditions under which this type of mobilization proves successful." — Omar G. Encarnación, Professor of Political Studies, Bard College, USA "Mneesha Gellman’s Democratization and Memories of Violence brilliantly moves among social movement theory, memory studies, and the strictures of political science to demonstrate how marginalized communities around the world do "shaming and claiming" so states recognize and at times heeding their demands. In doing so, Gellman herself exercises the best of what students of memory and social movements bring to the table: she gives voice to some of the most voiceless of Mexico, El Salvador and Turkey, she makes visible and absolutely politically relevant those who are conventionally rendered less visible. Gellman’s work is instructive for memory and comparative democratization debates across quite distinct global regions." — Katherine Hite, Professor of Political Science, Frederick Ferris Thompson Chair, Vassar College, USA "This book is an excellent resource and contributes greatly to ongoing conversations in the humanities and social sciences on social memory, politics of memory, the relation of ethnic minorities to the state, indigeneity and identity formation, social movements, democracy and democratic transitions—and more." — Ellen Moodie, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Through the use of narratives and case studies from Mexico, Turkey, and el Salvador, Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic Minority Rights Movement in Mexico, Turkey, and el Salvador contributes to areas of study such as comparative politics, sociology, as well as peace and conflict. Gellman examines how ethnic minority communities use memories of state and paramilitary violence as a social movement tactic. Combining theory and empirics allows the reader to examine how democratization molds citizen experiences of interest representation and how memorialization processes challenge state regimes of forgetting at local, state, and international levels.

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