Securing the City: Neoliberalism, Space, and Insecurity in Postwar Guatemala

Securing the City: Neoliberalism, Space, and Insecurity in Postwar Guatemala

by Kevin Lewis O'Neill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822349582

ISBN-13: 9780822349587

Pub. Date: 03/09/2011

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Unprecedented crime rates have made Guatemala City one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Following a peace process that ended Central America’s longest and bloodiest civil war and impelled the transition from a state-centric economy to the global free market, Guatemala’s neoliberal moment is now strikingly evident in the practices and politics

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Unprecedented crime rates have made Guatemala City one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Following a peace process that ended Central America’s longest and bloodiest civil war and impelled the transition from a state-centric economy to the global free market, Guatemala’s neoliberal moment is now strikingly evident in the practices and politics of security. Postwar violence has not prompted public debates about the conditions that permit transnational gangs, drug cartels, and organized crime to thrive. Instead, the dominant reaction to crime has been the cultural promulgation of fear and the privatization of what would otherwise be the state’s responsibility to secure the city. This collection of essays, the first comparative study of urban Guatemala, explores these neoliberal efforts at security. Contributing to the anthropology of space and urban studies, this book brings together anthropologists and historians to examine how postwar violence and responses to it are reconfiguring urban space, transforming the relationship between city and country, and exacerbating deeply rooted structures of inequality and ethnic discrimination.

Contributors. Peter Benson, Manuela Camus, Avery Dickins de Girón, Edward F. Fischer, Deborah Levenson, Thomas Offit, Kevin Lewis O’Neill, Kedron Thomas, Rodrigo José Véliz

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822349587
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/09/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................vii
An Introduction Kedron Thomas, Kevin Lewis O'Neill, and Thomas Offit....................1
Living Guatemala City, 1930s–2000s Deborah T. Levenson....................25
Primero de Julio Urban Experiences of Class Decline and Violence Manuela Camus....................49
Cacique for a Neoliberal Age A Maya Retail Empire on the Streets of Guatemala City Thomas Offit....................67
Privatization of Public Space The Displacement of Street Vendors in Guatemala City Rodrigo J. Véliz and Kevin Lewis O'Neill....................83
The Security Guard Industry in Guatemala Rural Communities and Urban Violence Avery Dickins de Girón....................103
Guatemala's New Violence as Structural Violence Notes from the Highlands Peter Benson, Kedron Thomas, and Edward F. Fischer....................127
Spaces of Structural Adjustment in Guatemala's Apparel Industry Kedron Thomas....................147
Hands of Love Christian Outreach and the Spatialization of Ethnicity Kevin Lewis O'Neill....................165
References....................193
Contributors....................213
Index....................215

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