Mayas in Postwar Guatemala

Harvest of Violence Revisited

by Walter E. Little, David Stoll, Brenda Rosenbaum, Timothy J. Smith, Abigail E Adams, J Jailey Philpot-Munson, Edward F. Fischer, Robert M. Carmack, Judith M. Maxwell, Jennifer Burrell, Jose Oscar Barrera Nunez, Barbara Bocek, Monica DeHart, Peter Benson, Liliana Goldin,

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
  • University of Alabama Press; June 2009
  • ISBN 9780817382438
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  • Title: Mayas in Postwar Guatemala
  • Author: Walter E. Little (ed.); David Stoll (contrib.); Brenda Rosenbaum (contrib.); Timothy J. Smith (contrib.); Abigail E Adams (contrib.); J Jailey Philpot-Munson (contrib.); Edward F. Fischer (contrib.); Robert M. Carmack (contrib.); Judith M. Maxwell (contrib.); Jennifer Burrell (contrib.); Jose Oscar Barrera Nunez (contrib.); Barbara Bocek (contrib.); Monica DeHart (contrib.); Peter Benson (contrib.); Liliana Goldin (contrib.); Timothy J. Smith (ed.)
  • Imprint: University Alabama Press

In The Press

“This volume conveys the whole range of experiences and complexities—a must read for students and especially for researchers heading to work in Guatemala.” —Lowell Gudmundson, Mount Holyoke College

“Based on significant and sound research, cogently argued. The variety of topics and regions covered by these essays offers both a broad and in-depth perspective on post-war Guatemala.” —David Carey Jr., University of Southern Maine

About The Author

Walter E. Little is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Albany, SUNY.
Timothy J. Smith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Appalachian State University.