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Author Zur, Judith N.

Title Violent memories : Mayan war widows in Guatemala / Judith N. Zur.

Published Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  303.609728172 ZUR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 338 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-330) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The Setting -- 3. Gender Relations Before 'La Violencia' -- 4. 'La Violencia' -- 5. Village Patrols and Their Violence -- 6. Women's Lives as Widows (Malca'nib) -- 7. Popular Memories of 'La Violencia' -- 8. The Dead, the Disappeared, and Clandestine Graves -- 9. K'iche' Theories of Causation and the Reconstruction of Meaning of 'La Violencia' -- 10. Cultural Construction and Reconstruction of Danger -- 11. The Exhumation and Beyond -- Figure 1. "Soldier Saints" -- Figure 2. "Guerrilla Devils"
Summary This local study of the impact of political violence on a Maya Indian village is based on intensive fieldwork in the department of El Quiche, 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 Quiché Indians -- Social conditions.
Maya women -- Guatemala -- Quiché.
War widows -- Guatemala -- Quiché.
Violence -- Guatemala -- Quiché.
ISBN 0813327997 (HC : alk. paper)