A Nicaraguan Exceptionalism? Debating the Legacy of the Sandinista Revolution

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Abstract

In recent years, child migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have made the perilous journey to the United States in unprecedented numbers, but their peers in Nicaragua have remained at home. Nicaragua also enjoys lower murder rates and far fewer gang problems when compared with her neighbours.

Why is Nicaragua so different? The present government has promulgated a discourse of Nicaraguan exceptionalism, arguing that Nicaragua is unique thanks to the heritage of the 1979 Sandinista revolution. This volume critically interrogates that claim, asking whether the legacy of the revolution is truly exceptional. An interdisciplinary work, the book brings together historians, anthropologists and sociologists to explore the multifarious ways in which the revolutionary past continues to shape public policy – and daily life – in Nicaragua’s tumultuous present.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUniversity of London Press
Number of pages187
ISBN (Electronic)9781908857774
ISBN (Print)9781908857576
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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