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Representational and Enacted Violence against Guatemalan Ch′orti′s in the Famine of 2001

Julián López García

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0019
Representational and Enacted Violence against Guatemalan Ch′orti′s in the Famine of 2001

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This chapter examines enacted and representational violence against the Ch'orti's in Guatemala. It provides a short overview of some catastrophes and misfortunes suffered by the Ch'orti' over the last three hundred years and how they have been exploited by external agents. It also explores how the image of a cursed people has been perpetuated in the most recent Ch'orti' misfortune, particularly the 2001 famine, by neo-colonial and global practices that have only served to reinforce Ch'orti' sociocultural vulnerability.

Keywords: Ch'orti's; Guatemala; violence; cursed people; famine; sociocultural vulnerability

Chapter.  5399 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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