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Mayas in Postwar Guatemala: Harvest of Violence Revisited available in Paperback
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.
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
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Introduction: Revisiting Harvest of Violence in Postwar Guatemala Walter E. Little 1
1 Democracy Is Dissent: Political Confrontations and Indigenous Mobilization in Sololá Timothy J. Smith 16
2 Reviving Our Spirits: Revelation, Re-encuentro, and Retroceso in Post-Peace Accords Verapaz Abigail E. Adams 30
3 Peace under Fire: Understanding Evangelical Resistance to the Peace Process in a Postwar Guatemalan Town J. Jailey Philpot-Munson 42
4 Living and Selling in the "New Violence" of Guatemala Walter E. Little 54
5 Everyday Violence of Exclusion: Women in Precarious Neighborhoods of Guatemala City Liliana Goldìn Brenda Rosenbaum 67
6 Bilingual Bicultural Education: Best Intentions across a Cultural Divide Judith M. Maxwell 84
7 Intergenerational Conflict in the Postwar Era Jennifer L. Burrell 96
8 Desires and Imagination: The Economy of Humanitarianism in Guatemala José Oscar Barrera Nuñez 110
9 Everyday Politics in a K'iche' Village of Totonicapán, Guatemala Barbara Bocek 124
10 Fried Chicken or Pop? Redefining Development and Ethnicity in Totonicapán Monica DeHart 139
11 Neoliberal Violence: Social Suffering in Guatemala's Postwar Era Peter Benson Edward F. Fischer 151
12 Harvest of Conviction: Solidarity in Guatemalan Scholarship, 1988-2008 David Stoll 167
Conclusions Robert M. Carmack 181
List of Contributors 213