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Nicholas Copeland sheds new light on rural politics in Guatemala and across neoliberal and post-conflict settings in The Democracy Development Machine. This historical ethnography examines how governmentalized spaces of democracy and development fell short, enabling and disfiguring an ethnic Mayan resurgence.

In a passionate and politically engaged book, Copeland argues that the transition to democracy in Guatemalan Mayan communities has led to a troubling paradox. He finds that while liberal democracy is celebrated in most of the world as the ideal, it can subvert political desires and channel them into illiberal spaces. As a result, Copeland explores alternative ways of imagining liberal democracy and economic and social amelioration in a traumatized and highly unequal society as it strives to transition from war and authoritarian rule to open elections and free-market democracy.

The Democracy Development Machine follows Guatemala's transition, reflects on Mayan involvement in politics during and after the conflict, and provides novel ways to link democratic development with economic and political development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Introduction: A Transition to Misery
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1. “They Committed No Crime”: Developing Democratic Memories
  2. pp. 25-54
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  1. 2. Nos Falta Capacidad: Training Enterprising Selves
  2. pp. 55-83
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  1. 3. The Capacity for Democracy: Transforming Democratic Imaginaries
  2. pp. 84-108
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  1. 4. Radical Pessimism: Neoliberal Democratic Atmosphere
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. 5. Parties and Projects: Democratizing Sovereign Violence
  2. pp. 137-165
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  1. 6. Cruel Populism: Mutilating the People
  2. pp. 166-192
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  1. Conclusion: Reorienting Democracy
  2. pp. 193-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-232
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 233-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501736070
Related ISBN
9781501736063
MARC Record
OCLC
1111388013
Pages
282
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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