Obras Escogidas Vol. 1: La dominación interna en el Perú and Vol. 2: Clases Estado y Nación en el Perú

Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2021-2022. First Edition. Paperback. (318p.,) (398p.,) photos, tables, bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #81516

The reader has in his hands the first volume of Julio Cotler's Selected Works dedicated to his early studies on the relationship between the rural world and the political regime. The texts cover from 1957 to 1970 and already in them the intersection between anthropology and political science that would mark his entire career is perceived. For the first time a metaphor appears that will be key in his interpretation of Peruvian society: the triangle without a base. Cotler argues that the peasantry, and by extension the popular classes, lack or have very weak horizontal ties, which prevents them from acting in a manner consistent with their interests. On the contrary, its social framework would be defined by vertical links that allow the elites to exercise power through strategies of clientelism and patronage. This characterization of Peruvian society is the result of a deep look at the structures and dynamics of social classes in the country. It also reveals one of Cotler's virtues as an intellectual: his ability to synthesize specific research into generally valid concepts.

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