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Mayas in Postwar Guatemala
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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

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Revisiting Harvest of Violence in Postwar Guatemala - Walter E. Little
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1. Democracy Is Dissent: Political Confrontations and Indigenous Mobilization in Solol
  2. pp. 16-29
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  1. 2. Reviving Our Spirits: Revelation, Re-encuentro, and Retroceso in Post–Peace Accords Verapaz - Abigail E. Adams
  2. pp. 30-41
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  1. 3. Peace under Fire: Understanding Evangelical Resistance to the Peace Process in a Postwar Guatemalan Town - J. Jailey Philpot-Munson
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. 4. Living and Selling in the “New Violence” of Guatemala - Walter E. Little
  2. pp. 54-66
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  1. 5. Everyday Violence of Exclusion: Women in Precarious Neighborhoods of Guatemala City - Liliana Gold
  2. pp. 67-83
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  1. 6. Bilingual Bicultural Education: Best Intentions across a Cultural Divide - Judith M. Maxwell
  2. pp. 84-95
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  1. 7. Intergenerational Confl ict in the Postwar Era - Jennifer L. Burrell
  2. pp. 96-109
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  1. 8. Desires and Imagination: The Economy of Humanitarianism in Guatemala - Jos
  2. pp. 110-123
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  1. 9. Everyday Politics in a K’iche’ Village of Totonicapán, Guatemala - Barbara Bocek
  2. pp. 124-138
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  1. 10. Fried Chicken or Pop? Redefining Development and Ethnicity in Totonicap
  2. pp. 139-150
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  1. 11. Neoliberal Violence: Social Suffering in Guatemala’s Postwar Era - Peter Benson and Edward F. Fischer
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. 12. Harvest of Conviction: Solidarity in Guatemalan Scholarship, 1988–2008 - David Stoll
  2. pp. 167-180
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  1. Conclusions - Robert M. Carmack
  2. pp. 181-193
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  1. References
  2. pp. 195-211
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 213-215
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-219
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