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Silenced Communities: Legacies of Militarization and Militarism in a Rural Guatemalan Town

Marcia Esparza
Format
Book
Published
New York : Berghahn Books, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9781785336874 (hardcover), 1785336878 (hardcover)
Summary
"Although the Guatemalan Civil War ended more than two decades ago, its bloody legacy continues to resonate even today. In Silenced Communities, author Marcia Esparza offers an ethnographic account of the failed demilitarization of the rural militia in the town of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango following the conflict. Combining insights from postcolonialism, subaltern studies, and theories of internal colonialism, Esparza explores the remarkable resilience of ideologies and practices engendered in the context of the Cold War, demonstrating how the lingering effects of grassroots militarization affect indigenous communities that continue to struggle with inequality and marginalization."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • The methodological crisis revisited
  • A postcolonial reenactment : the Cold War Civil Self-Defense Patrol system
  • A chameleonlike army : civic action, a postcolonial strategy
  • The beheading of a popular Maya uprising in a "red community"
  • Early disbanding, postwar resistance and na'tab'al (memory)
  • "Inverted discourse" : collaboration in "white communities"
  • Nationalistic mythology revival : failure to dismantle the internal enemy myth
  • A "silence that hurts" : garrison communities
  • Militaristic legacies : lynching and La Cadena
  • A foreseen aftermath : Decree 3-2014.
Description
xiii, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-257) and index.
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