Violent Memories: Mayan War Widows In Guatemala, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Violent Memories

Mayan War Widows In Guatemala, 1st Edition

By Judith Zur

Routledge

356 pages

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Paperback: 9780813338972
pub: 2001-01-05
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This local study of the impact of political violence on a Maya Indian village is based on intensive fieldwork in the department of El Quich�Guatemala, during 1988?1990. It examines the processes of fragmentation and realignment in a community undergoing rapid and violent change and relates local, social, cultural, and psychological phenomena to the impact of the war on widows' lives.Zur combines a narrative, life-history approach with anthropological analysis, emphasizing the way people talk about and explain the violence. She describes the survival strategies of widows and their attempts to reconstruct their lives, both on a physical level and in terms of meaning, and finds that ?remembering? is not simply the automatic engagement of the past within the present, but a process that allows widows to discover new possibilities for action and for reshaping their own positions in society.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General