Human Rights Counterpublics in Perú

Contesting Tiers of Citizenship
Author: Sylvanna M. Falcon
Tiers of citizenship and the limits of truth and reconciliation
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Publication Date
Paperback: 09/10/2024
Cloth: 09/10/2024
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About the Book

In 2003, Perú’s Comision de la Verdad y Reconciliacion (CVR) issued its groundbreaking final report on the human rights abuses perpetuated by two revolutionary groups and the country’s armed forces and police from 1980 to 2000. Sylvanna M. Falcon examines how local communities in Lima have formed oppositional spaces, movements, and communities to challenge a status quo that erases Perú’s history of internal violence. These counterpublics focus on human rights-oriented memory that acknowledges the legacies of racism and misogyny underlying the violence. Falcon’s decolonial feminist analysis challenges the rise of authoritarianism in democratic societies while exploring the limits of liberalism to counteract it. As she shows, projects shaped by counterpublic memory best equip Perúvians to enact real, liberatory, and transformative justice for human rights violations both past and present.

Engaging and intimate, Human Rights Counterpublics in Perú illuminates the power of human rights and memory work.

About the Author

Sylvanna M. Falcon is a professor in Latin American and Latino/a Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism inside the United Nations and coeditor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship.



“Falcon writes from the heart. Intimately disarming and highly accessible, Human Rights Counterpublics in Perú productively reframes Perú’s incomplete transitional justice process, with clear global implications. This remarkable decolonial feminist journey through artist and activist memory recovery reveals the transformative potential of human rights counterpublics.”--Pascha Bueno-Hansen, author of Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru