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Title:Anarchism and the press in Lima: The case of "Los Parias"
Author(s):Ballivian, Jesus O.
Advisor(s):Jacobsen, Nils P.
Department / Program:Latin American & Carib Studies
Discipline:Latin American Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This thesis explores the relationship between the anarchist press and the nascent labor movement in the Republic of Peru in the beginning of the twentieth century. The first anarchist newspaper that appeared in Peru in 1904, titled Los Parias, provides a detailed look into the ways in which this communications medium, thanks to its timely message and firm social commitment, was able to forge an alliance with the workers of Peru in order to work towards a more socially egalitarian society in an era often recognized as the "Aristocratic Republic;" a historical period were old aristocracies and new bourgeoisies controlled the nation. By analyzing this material, this thesis hopes to delve deeper into how anarchists and all those who became supporters of this ideology (i.e. workers’ associations, guilds, students, intellectuals, etc.) conceptualized their social condition and the solutions they championed in order to achieve a libertarian utopia. The collaboration between anarchists and the nascent labor movement resulted in the formulation of an anti-establishment rhetoric that served as a precursor to new radical social trends that appeared in Peru as the twentieth century marched along; trends that had a profound effect in the social landscape of the nation. We find in these pages a call for social redemption; a radical and revolutionary alternative to elite control.
Issue Date:2011-01-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Jesus O. Ballivian
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-14
Date Deposited:December 2

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