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Approaching Violence in Eastern Guatemala

Cecilia Menjívar

in Enduring Violence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267664
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267664.003.0001
Approaching Violence in Eastern Guatemala

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This book is about the everyday violence in the lives of ladinas in Oriente, Guatemala. It focuses on the violence not directly attributable to individual actions intended to cause harm but embedded in institutions and in quotidian aspects of life, where violence is familiar, routine, a commonplace and so much part of life that it is often not recognized as such. It is about violence that women habitually experience, which is intertwined with the other forms of violence. The objective of this book is to unearth and disclose the misrecognized violence that women habitually experience in familiar and commonplace spaces. It seeks to unveil the violence that is hidden and difficult to measure because it is not confined to individual acts or crimes that can be tabulated. The focus is on the effect of social violence that social orders bring to bear on people. It brings attention to the veiled violence in the forms of social control of women that often lead to humiliation and devaluation — the kind of violence that does not shock the observer because it is part of their everyday lives.

Keywords: everyday violence; ladinas; Guatemala; violence; women; misrecognized violence; social violence; social orders; devaluation; social control

Chapter.  11435 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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