Conflict, Post-Conflict and Religion: Andean Responses to New Religious Movements


Gamarra, Jefrey. 2000. “Conflict, Post-Conflict and Religion: Andean Responses to New Religious Movements.” Journal of Southern African Studies 26 (2): 271–87. doi:10.1080/03057070050010110.

Author: Jefrey Gamarra


In this article I analyse the relationships between society and religion during and after violent political conflict. The case of Peru is illustrative in this respect. By using the concepts of adaptation and resistance I explore the ways in which Andean peasant communities reacted during and after the political conflict in this country. I focus on the reactions of a communal society and deal first with the actors involved in the conflict (the Peruvian state and the guerrilla movement, Shining Path), and second with the complex interplay between Andean peasant communities and the Evangelical Churches. My main argument is that the adaptation and resistance of these communities should be understood in terms of their background, and especially in terms of their access to symbolic, economic and political resources.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Society, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries, Non-state Armed Groups, Post-Conflict, Religion Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Peru

Year: 2000

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