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Convictions of the Soul: Religion Culture and Agency in the Central America Solidarity Movement

Sharon Erickson Nepstad


This book examines the Central American solidarity movement based on the cultural-agency approach. It also explores the challenges of organizing at the transnational level. People of faith were at the center of this movement, determined to change President Reagan’s foreign policy towards Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. To achieve this goal, some petitioned Congress to stop aid to those responsible for human rights violations in the region. Many attended protests, marches and commemorative vigils.

Keywords: Central America, solidarity movement, cultural-agency approach, mobilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195169232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195169239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Erickson Nepstad, author
Duquesne University
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