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Mayas in Postwar Guatemala: Harvest of Violence Revisited
     

Mayas in Postwar Guatemala: Harvest of Violence Revisited

by Walter E. Little (Editor)
 

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Like the original Harvest of Violence, published in 1988, this volume reveals how the contemporary Mayas contend with crime, political violence, internal community power struggles, and the broader impact of transnational economic and political policies in Guatemala. However, this work, informed by long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Mayan communities and

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Like the original Harvest of Violence, published in 1988, this volume reveals how the contemporary Mayas contend with crime, political violence, internal community power struggles, and the broader impact of transnational economic and political policies in Guatemala. However, this work, informed by long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Mayan communities and commitment to conducting research in Mayan languages, places current anthropological analyses in relation to Mayan political activism and key Mayan intellectuals’ research and criticism. Illustrating specifically how Mayas in this post-war period conceive of their social and political place in Guatemala, Mayas working in factories, fields, and markets, and participating in local, community-level politics provide critiques of the government, the Maya movement, and the general state of insecurity and social and political violence that they continue to face on a daily basis. Their critical assessments and efforts to improve political, social, and economic conditions illustrate their resiliency and positive, nonviolent solutions to Guatemala’s ongoing problems that deserve serious consideration by Guatemalan and US policy makers, international non-government organizations, peace activists, and even academics studying politics, social agency, and the survival of indigenous people.

CONTRIBUTORS
Abigail E. Adams / José Oscar Barrera Nuñez / Peter Benson / Barbara Bocek / Jennifer L. Burrell / Robert M. Carmack / Monica DeHart / Edward F. Fischer / Liliana Goldín / Walter E. Little / Judith M. Maxwell / J. Jailey Philpot-Munson / Brenda Rosenbaum / Timothy J. Smith / David Stoll

Editorial Reviews

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“This fine set of essays, for the most part town- and village-level case studies, shows the convoluted consequences of a kind of peace that has come to the beleaguered people of Guatemala...highly recommended.”—Choice 

“Based on significant and sound research, cogently argued. The variety of topics and regions covered by these essays offers both a broad and in-depth perspective on post-war Guatemala.”
—David Carey Jr., University of Southern Maine

"In its pages, one will find ethnolographically rich and politically engaged analyses of Maya communities' creative, complicated, and sometimes paradoxical responses to the legacies of state-sponsored violence and engagement with indigenous cultural activism in Guatemala."—Journal of Anthropological Research

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817316556
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Series:
Contemporary American Indians Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Walter E. Little is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Timothy J. Smith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Appalachian State University.

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