Everyday forms of state decomposition: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, 1954

Gregory Grandin

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    This essay explores how Guatemala's 1952 agrarian reform played out among Quetzalteco K'iche's. Much of the academic writing on the revolution is concerned with the way the agrarian reform affected indigenous communities. These studies either view the reform as creating bitter political conflicts within the community, thereby weakening or destroying local institutions of communal politics and identification, or else they understand the reform as deepening incipient class divisions. In all of these studies, 'conflict' is understood to be something antithetical to 'community'. Yet conflict is as essential to communal formation as are more visible identity markers, suggesting an intriguing correlation: the greater the degree of communal conflict, the greater the level of communal identification. (C) 2000 Society for Latin American Studies. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)303-320
    Number of pages18
    JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2000

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    Keywords

    • Class conflict
    • Ethnicity
    • Maya
    • Repression
    • Revolution
    • State formation

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    Everyday forms of state decomposition : Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, 1954. / Grandin, Gregory.

    In: Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 19, No. 3, 07.2000, p. 303-320.

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