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NCJ Number: 136054 Find in a Library
Title: Banditry as Political Participation in Latin America (From Criminal Justice History: An International Annual, Volume 11, P 171-187, 1990, Louis A Knafla, ed. -- See NCJ-136046)
Author(s): R W Slatta
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Meckler Publishing
Westport, CT 06880
Sale Source: Meckler Publishing
11 Ferry Lane West
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United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Banditry in Latin America during the 19th and 20th centuries sometimes represented political rebellion and sometimes represented an economic alternative in a situation of restricted opportunity.
Abstract: Banditry has involved attacks on both people and property and has been the subject of much folklore and literature. In some cases, bandits stated a political agenda; in others, their actions clearly had political significance. Gaucho outlaws in Argentina and bandits in Brazil, Bolivia, and Cuba were viewed by the masses as heroes who were defying their rich oppressors. The bandits of 19th-century Mexico and Hispanic bandits in California and the Spanish Borderlands in the same period also chose the bandit life because of the lack of legitimate alternatives for the rural poor. Other researchers have found motives of personal gain among bandits in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Cuba. Bandits sometimes professed political aims merely to give an impression of legitimacy, as shown by the bandits in Peru, Venezuela, and Cuba and during the Mexican independence wars of 1810-21. Other banditry in Mexico and Colombia was clearly political in nature. Bandits sometimes received more support from local elites than from the peasantry. Thus, outlaw networks often cut across class lines and committed their offenses for a variety of reasons. Photographs, illustrations, and 41 reference notes
Main Term(s): Crime in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Latin America; Political influences; Property crime causes
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