Fighting on Christmas: Brawling as Self-Governance in Rural Peru

34 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2019

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Edwar E. Escalante

Norris-Vincent College of Business at Angelo State University; Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University

Raymond March

North Dakota State University - Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics; North Dakota State University - NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

Date Written: August 13, 2019

Abstract

This paper analyzes the Peruvian-highland tradition of Takanakuy, a public brawling ritual occurring each Christmas to resolve conflicts between local community members. We argue that Takanakuy provides an effective way for locals to resolve disputes that Peru’s formal judicial system is unable or unwilling to settle. Using insights from ethnographic fieldwork, journalistic articles, reports, and academic sources, we find brawling during Takanakuy encourages social cooperation by preventing potential violence and offering community members a credible mechanism of law enforcement in an orderly fashion with social acceptance.

Keywords: brawling, conflict resolution, self-governance, institutional analysis

JEL Classification: K12, K13, K42

Suggested Citation

Escalante, Edwar E. and March, Raymond, Fighting on Christmas: Brawling as Self-Governance in Rural Peru (August 13, 2019). NDSU Public Choice and Private Enterprise Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3436921 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3436921

Edwar E. Escalante

Norris-Vincent College of Business at Angelo State University ( email )

San Angelo, TX 76909
United States

Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University ( email )

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Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Raymond March (Contact Author)

North Dakota State University - Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics ( email )

Fargo, ND 58105
United States

North Dakota State University - NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

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Fargo, ND 58102
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