1st Edition

Exploring Revolution Essays on Latin American Insurgency and Revolutionary Theory

By Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley Copyright 1991

    This series of essays on insurgency and revolution focuses on events in Latin America since 1956. The contributors discuss revolutionary theory, the nature of social movements and models of social action. Topics raised include terror, guerilla regimes, mobilizing peasants, and the vulnerability of regimes to revolution.

    Here is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania, gracefully retold and accompanied by fascinating, detailed information of their historic and cultural backgrounds. The introduction provides an informative overview of folklore, its purpose in world cultures and in contemporary society and popular culture. Following this, the main sections of the book are arranged by tale type, covering wonder tales, hero tales, tales of kindness repaid and hope and redemption, and finally tales of fools and wise people. Each section begins by comparing the tales cross-culturally, explaining similarities and differences in the folkloric narratives. Tales from diverse cultures are then presented, introduced, and retold in a highly readable fashion.


    TIMOTHY P. WICKHAM-CROWLEY is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, where he also advises undergraduates as Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Program. His teaching and research interests lie generally in comparative political sociology and Latin America, with a special focus on social movements, revolutions, development, and inequality., Wickham-Crowley has published several artic1es on guerrillas, terror, and revolution, and is the author of the forthcoming work, Guerrillas and Revolution in Latin America (1991). He is currently studying and writing on the comparative experience of development and underdevelopment in the New World since 1500.