Global Maya

Work and ideology in Rural Guatemala

Liliana R. Goldín

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    In the central highland Maya communities of Guatemala, the demands ofthe global economy have become a way of life. This book explores how ruralpeoples experience economic and cultural change as their country joins theglobal market, focusing on their thoughts about work and sustenance as a way oflearning about Guatemala's changing economy. For more than a decade, Liliana Goldín observed in highland towns boththe intensification of various forms of production and their growing links towider markets. In this first book to compare economic ideology across a rangeof production systems, she examines how people make a living and how theythink about their options, practices, and constraints. Drawing on interviews andsurveys-even retellings of traditional narratives-she reveals how contemporaryMaya respond to the increasingly globalized yet locally circumscribed conditionsin which they work. Goldín presents four case studies: cottage industries devoted to garmentproduction, vegetable growing for internal and border markets reached throughdirect commerce, crops grown for export, and wage labor in garment assemblyfactories. By comparing generational and gendered differences among workers,she reveals not only complexities of change but also how these complexities arereflected in changing attitudes, understandings, and aspirations that characterizepeople's economic ideology. Further, she shows that as rural people take ondiverse economic activities, they also reinterpret their views on such mattersas accumulation, cooperation, competition, division of labor, and communitysolidarity. Global Maya explores global processes in local terms, revealing the interplayof traditional values, household economics, and the inescapable conditions ofdemographic growth, a shrinking land base, and a global economy always lookingfor cheap labor. It offers a wealth of new insights not only for Maya scholarsbut also for anyone concerned with the effects of globalization on the Third World.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
    Number of pages242
    ISBN (Print)9780816529872
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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    Guatemala
    ideology
    economy
    economics
    market
    outwork industry
    wage labor
    cultural change
    way of life
    division of labor
    vegetables
    economic change
    commerce
    Third World
    town
    globalization
    labor
    worker
    narrative
    interview

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Goldín, L. R. (2011). Global Maya: Work and ideology in Rural Guatemala. University of Arizona Press.

    Global Maya : Work and ideology in Rural Guatemala. / Goldín, Liliana R.

    University of Arizona Press, 2011. 242 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Goldín, LR 2011, Global Maya: Work and ideology in Rural Guatemala. University of Arizona Press.
    Goldín LR. Global Maya: Work and ideology in Rural Guatemala. University of Arizona Press, 2011. 242 p.
    Goldín, Liliana R. / Global Maya : Work and ideology in Rural Guatemala. University of Arizona Press, 2011. 242 p.
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