Bitter earth: counterinsurgency strategy and the roots of Mayan neo-authoritarianism in Guatemala

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dc.contributor.advisor Hale, Charles R., 1957-
dc.contributor.advisor Stewart, Kathleen, 1953-
dc.creator Copeland, Nicholas Matthew, 1973-
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-29T00:05:49Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-29T00:05:49Z
dc.date.created 2007-05
dc.date.issued 2008-08-29T00:05:49Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/3719
dc.description.abstract Ten years after the Guatemalan Peace Accords heralded the construction of a multi-ethnic democracy, corrupt neo-authoritarian regimes have derailed the Accords, continued state violence and impunity, and implemented neoliberal economic policies that have worsened poverty in Mayan highlands. Strangely, war tattered and impoverished rural Mayans, including many who supported the revolutionary left in the 1970s, provide these parties' main base of support. Stranger still is widespread support for ex-dictator general Ríos Montt, who stands indicted for genocide of Mayans in the 1980s. Mayan support for neo-authoritarians is usually viewed as either an expression of pure democratic free will or as the repression of revolutionary consciousness through fear and/or deception. While the former ignores massive Mayan support for the left and trivializes decades of repression, the latter ignores important changes in Guatemalan political culture and erases Mayan agency. My dissertation reframes this phenomenon by providing a critical genealogy of Mayan political imaginaries in relation to overlapping and competing regimes of power for the last sixty years. During 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork in the right-dominated Mayan-Mam town of San Pedro Necta, I investigated Mayan responses to reformist and revolutionary organizing, state repression, state-led agrarian modernization, and neo-authoritarian development populism. I focus on the effects of these mechanisms on evolving conceptions and practices of politics, development, and community among township inhabitants. Bitter Earth locates the appeal of neo-authoritarian politics in the ways that state strategies have rearranged the conceptual and affective terrain upon which Mayans collectively struggle for economic security, dignity, and racial equality. This research shows the limits of neoliberal multiculturalism, particularly its complicity with colonial governance and counterinsurgency strategy, and orients our thinking towards political alternatives consistent with Mayans' long-term struggles for racial justice and community autonomy.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject.lcsh Mayas--Guatemala--Politics and government--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Mayas--Guatemala--Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Guatemala--Politics and government--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Mayas--Guatemala--Social conditions--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Mayas--Guatemala--Economic conditions--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Racism--Guatemala
dc.subject.lcsh Guatemala--Race relations
dc.title Bitter earth: counterinsurgency strategy and the roots of Mayan neo-authoritarianism in Guatemala
dc.title.alternative Counterinsurgency strategy and the roots of Mayan neo-authoritarianism in Guatemala
dc.description.department Anthropology
dc.identifier.oclc 212414150
dc.identifier.recnum b69727326
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Anthropology
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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