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Fear as a Way of Life : Mayan Widows in Rural Guatemala - Linda Green

Fear as a Way of Life

Mayan Widows in Rural Guatemala

Paperback Published: 5th July 1999
ISBN: 9780231100335
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Between the late 1970s and the mid-1980s, the people of Guatemala were subjected to a state-sponsored campaign of political violence and repression designed to not only defeat a left-wing, revolutionary insurgency but also destroy Mayan communities and culture. The Mayan Indians in the western highlands were labeled by the government as revolutionary sympathizers, and many Mayan women lost husbands, sons, and other family members who were brutally murdered or who simply "disappeared."

Based on years of field research conducted in the rural highlands, "Fear as a Way of Life" traces the intricate links between the recent political violence and repression and the long-term systemic violence connected with class inequalities and gender and ethnic oppression----the violence of everyday life.

Now, as forensic evidence from the mountains of the dead in the western highlands of Guatemala adds material evidence to the narrations of terror suffered by Mayas in the twenty years of civil war, Linda Green provides us with an analysis of how it is to live with fear. The new body counts in the low-intensity warfare waged against indigenous peoples must include the 80,000 widows and 250,000 orphans who survived. In her analysis of the reconstruction of their lives and communities, we find new insights into the relations of contradiction between structural and political violence, domination, and resistance of a people who have struggled against subordination of their culture and society for almost five hundred years.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Author's Notep. xv
Six Women from Xe'cajp. xvii
A Legacy of Violencep. 1
In the Aftermath of War: An Introductionp. 3
The Altiplano: A History of Violence and Survivalp. 25
Living in a State of Fearp. 55
A Legacy of Survivalp. 81
From Wives to Widows: Subsistence and Social Relationsp. 83
The Embodiment of Violence: Lived Lives and Social Sufferingp. 111
The Dialectics of Clothp. 127
Shifting Affiliations: Social Exigencies and Evangelicosp. 149
Mutual Betrayal and Collective Dignityp. 167
Notesp. 173
Glossaryp. 189
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780231100335
ISBN-10: 0231100337
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th July 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35