The Politics of Exile in Latin America

The Politics of Exile in Latin America

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Mario Sznajder, Luis Roniger
Cambridge University Press, 4/29/2009
EAN 9780521517355, ISBN10: 0521517354

Hardcover, 384 pages, 24.2 x 16.4 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

The Politics of Exile in Latin America addresses exile as a major mechanism of institutional exclusion used by all types of governments in the region against their own citizens, while they often provided asylum to aliens fleeing persecution. The work is the first systematic analysis of Latin American exile on a continental and transnational basis and on a long-term perspective. It traces variations in the saliency of exile among different expelling and receiving countries; across different periods; with different paths of exile, both elite and massive; and under authoritarian and democratic contexts. The project integrates theoretical hindsight and empirical findings, analyzing the importance of exile as a recent and contemporary phenomenon, while reaching back to its origins and phases of development. It also addresses presidential exile, the formation of Latin American communities of exiles worldwide, and the role of exiles in shaping the collective identities of these countries.

1. Defining the Exilic Condition
2. Forceful Displacement, the Construction of Collective Identities and State Formation
3. The Format of Exile
4. Sites of Exile
5. Widening Exclusion and the Four-Tiered Structure of Exile
6. Exile Communities, Activism and Politics
7. Presidents in Exile
8. Is Return the End of Exile?