SIT Academic Director Brenda Pereyra has just published the second edition of her tremendously successful book Movimientos sociales y derechos humanos en la Argentina (Social Movements and Human Rights in Argentina). First published in 2011, the book is a collaborative effort involving Pereyra, co-editor Dr. Pablo Vommaro, and other human rights experts.
The book looks at the unique and inseparable relationship of social movements to human rights throughout Argentina’s recent history. It explores social movements as the engines that drive us to define human rights and the use of public space and struggle as the foundation of Argentina’s social and political history.
Pereyra is the academic director of SIT’s Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights program, which she helped to create in 2006. She realized in selecting readings for the program that “it was hard to find readings at the level the students would be able to read but also at an academic level appropriate for the [SIT] program.”
Pereyra and Vommaro—seminar coordinator at the University of Buenos Aires and an historian and social science expert— asked several teachers to contribute articles associated with their classes, which they eventually compiled into a book.
“We found that this book was also very useful for others that are teaching about social movements and human rights in Argentina,” says Pereyra. “The province of Neuquen bought 220 copies for a training program they developed with some of the social leaders of the province.”
The book builds on Pereyra’s extensive experience in the field of human rights.
Pereyra is presently a PhD candidate at the University of Buenos Aires’ prestigious college of Social Sciences. She is working on groundbreaking research that looks at community soup kitchens and collective coping strategies developed in the city of Lanús, just outside Buenos Aires.
Learn more about SIT’s Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights program.