The Violent Resistance Movement Of Brazil And Mexico

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In Gledhill’s and Schell’s book, New Approaches to Resistance: In Brazil and Mexico, the topic of different forms of resistance is mentioned among different groups of people. These groups had different motivations and goals in achieving systematic social change to their local community. The various resistance groups were made up of the poor, marginalized, working class, religious minorities, and ethnic minorities. Moreover, these subaltern groups faced opposition from the powerful elite, which consisted of the government, multinational corporations, wealthy landowners, Catholic religious elite, and white European dominated institutions. However, these subaltern groups used different forms of resistance that changes our perspective of what resistance really means. The subaltern groups used violent, peaceful, covert, and unorganized forms of resistance to achieve their goals. The use of violent resistance by subaltern groups is the most common form of resistance when we think about revolution and change. This form of resistance occurs when elite power structures are attacked by the marginalized in society. In particular, the violent resistance movement led by Maria Lopez in chapter 3 highlights the brutality that is caused by violent revolutions. This resistance movement used any means necessary to eradicate any people or symbols of the Spanish. This subaltern group used murder, torture, and control as a means to achieve social change. Furthermore, the authors point out the

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