Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala by Jennifer L. Burrell

By Jennifer L. Burrell

Guatemala’s thirty-six-year civil struggle culminated in peace accords in 1996, however the postwar transition has been marked through persisted violence, together with lynchings and the increase of gangs, in addition to significant wage-labor exodus to the U.S.. For the Mam Maya municipality of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, inhabited by means of a predominantly indigenous peasant inhabitants, the aftermath of battle and genocide resonates with a long-standing pressure among kingdom innovations of governance and historic community-level energy constructions that included suggestions of kinship, gender, and iteration. displaying the ways that those complicated histories are interlinked with wartime and enduring family/class conflicts, Maya after War presents a nuanced account of a different transitional postwar scenario, together with the advanced impression of neoliberal intervention.

Drawing on ethnographic box study over a twenty-year interval, Jennifer L. Burrell explores the after-war interval in a locale the place neighborhood struggles span tradition, identification, and background. Investigating a number tensions from the neighborhood to the overseas, Burrell employs distinct methodologies, together with mapmaking, heritage workshops, and a casual translation of a historical ethnography, to research the function of clash in animating what issues to Todosanteros of their daily lives and the way the citizens negotiate strength. reading the community-based divisions along nationwide postwar contexts, Maya after War considers the air of secrecy of desire that surrounded the signing of the peace accords, and the following doubt and ready that experience fueled unrest, encompassing generational conflicts. This research is a wealthy research of the multifaceted forces at paintings within the quest for peace, in Guatemala and beyond.

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