Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). This book explains why this political military movement came into existence and assesses whether the methods employed by the insurgency have the potential to free those marginalised in Colombia.
By evaluating the FARC-EP's actions, ideological construction, and their theoretical placement, the book gauges how this guerrilla movement relates to revolutionary theory and practice and through what tangible mechanisms, if any, they are creating a new Colombia.
James J. Brittain is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Acadia University. He is also the co-founder of the Atlantic Canada-Colombia Research Group. James' primary research and teaching interests include the praxis of social change in Latin America, the relevance of classical social theory in contemporary geopolitics. He is the author of Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia (Pluto, 2009).
Dedication Acknowledgements Prologue List of Diagrams, Graphs, Maps, and Tables List of Acronyms Preface 1. An Overview of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP): A History of Radicalism in the Countryside 2. Ejercito del Pueblo: A Sociological Analysis of Radical Social Change 3. Theorizing Revolution: The Importance of Colombia 4. Colombia's Rural Political Economy in Historical and Contemporary Perspective 5. The Political Economy of Coca in Colombia, Past and Present 6. Dominant Class Reactionism: Far-Right Politics and Paramilitarism 7. The FARC-EP's Relation to (Pre)Revolutionary Social Change 8. Prospects for the Future: From 'Dual Power' to Taking Power Bibliography Index