Globalization on the Ground: Post-Bellum Guatemalan Democracy and Development

Globalization on the Ground: Post-Bellum Guatemalan Democracy and Development

by Christopher Chase-Dunn
     
 

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This book presents research, analysis, and reflections on the major issues of Guatemalan development and democracy: the role of the military, the involvement of Mayan communities in national development, the possible emergence of more inclusive political institutions and the roles of international forces and agencies in Guatemalan social change. The chapters in

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This book presents research, analysis, and reflections on the major issues of Guatemalan development and democracy: the role of the military, the involvement of Mayan communities in national development, the possible emergence of more inclusive political institutions and the roles of international forces and agencies in Guatemalan social change. The chapters in this book are written by some of the most prominent scholars and public policy experts from Guatemala and the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Latin American Politics and Society
An impressive overview of key issues necessary to understanding contemporary Guatemala in historical—and to some extent regional—context. It is in bringing these reflections together in one place, and in English, that the book makes its single most important contribution. It is as up-to-date, comprehensive and consistently intelligent a treatment as have in English of any single Central American country.
Contemporary Sociology
For scholars interested in the prospects for democracy and development in Guatemala, this book represents a uniquely important contribution.
Richard Adams
Globalization on the Ground brings together the thinking of a group of concerned scholars on the problems of the development of democracy in the post-civil war era. Four of the contributors are Guatemalans with long records of understanding the dynamics of their country, and the remainder are North Americans, most of whom are longtime observers. The authors pose questions and issues that speak to the difficulties currently confronting Guatemala.
Immanuel Wallerstein
Globalization on the Ground offers us an in-depth picture of the prospects and difficulties of a democratic transition in Guatemala following its civil war. Its story, told by Guatemalan and U.S. scholars, has lessons about power and ethnicity applicable around the globe, and should be read by far more than the area specialists. It is the story of the uncertain hopes of our current world scene.
Booknews
Describing the human consequences of economic globalization, and its impact on existing communities, 14 essays describe the future of Guatemalan development, the relationship between democracy and demilitarization, indigenous movements for social change, and theories of development. An appendix summarizes the accord on identity and the rights of indigenous peoples. Contributors include political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, scholars of Latino studies, and USAID workers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742508668
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2001
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Nelson Amaro is dean of the Social Sciences Faculty and director of the Master Degree on Development at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Christopher Chase-Dunn is professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Rverside. Susanne Jonas has been a expert on Guatemala for 34 years and is the author, most recently, ofCentaurs and Doves: Guatemala's Peace Process she is professor of Latin American & Latino studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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