Latin American and Caribbean communities and civil societies are undergoing a rapid process of transformation. Instead of pervasive social atomization, political apathy, and hollowed-out democracies, which have become the norm in some parts of the world, this region is witnessing an emerging collaboration between community, civil society, and government that is revitalizing democracy.

This book argues that a key explanation lies in the powerful and positive relationship between community and civil society that exists in the region. The ideas of community and civil society tend to be studied separately, as analytically distinct concepts however, this volume seeks to explore their potential to work together. A unique contribution of the work is the space for dialogue it creates between the social sciences and the humanities. Many of the studies included in the volume are based on primary fieldwork and place-based case studies. Others relate literature, music and film to important theoretical works, providing a new direction in interdisciplinary studies, and highlighting the role that the arts play in community revival and broader processes of social change.

A truly multi-disciplinary book bridging established notions of civil society and community through an authentically interdisciplinary approach to the topic.

part |46 pages


chapter |27 pages

Civil Society from the Inside Out

Community, Organization and the Challenge of Political Influence 1

part |79 pages


chapter |14 pages

Modernized Honor Culture and Community

García Márquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold/Crónica de una muerte anunciada

chapter |13 pages

Community and Learning

The Process of Conscientization Among Nicaraguan Peasants through Song

chapter |21 pages

Community and the State

Piecing Together Differences in Alejandro Brugués' Juan of the Dead

part |9 pages