Rachel A. May teaches human rights and Latin American studies courses at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is currently working on a book about popular revolutionary movements in Argentina during the 1960s and 1970s.
The key to democratization lies within the experience of the popular movements. Those who engaged in the popular struggle in Guatemala have a deep understanding of substantive democratic behavior, and the experience of Guatemala’s civil society should be the cornerstone for building a meaningful formal democracy.In Terror in the Countryside Rachel May offers an in-depth examination of the relationship between political violence and civil society.