Miguel La Serna is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written numerous works on Peru's indigenous peasant communities and political violence, including the book The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
Miguel La Serna; In Plain View of the Catholic Faithful: Church-Peasant Conflict in the Peruvian Andes, 1963–1980. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2015; 95 (4): 631–657. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-3161437
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This essay chronicles the mounting conflict between indigenous peasants and Catholic Church authorities in mid-twentieth-century Chuschi, an Andean community in Ayacucho, Peru. What began as a local conflict between villagers and individual priests developed into an open rebellion against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ayacucho. Taking advantage of Peru's changing social and political landscape, as well as a vocational crisis within the church, Chuschinos ultimately succeeded in ousting the church from the community, thus contributing to the Catholic Church's final collapse in the Ayacuchan countryside.