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Journeys of fear [electronic resource] : refugee return and national transformation in Guatemala /
edited by Liisa L. North and Alan B. Simmons.
imprint
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999.
description
xv, 337 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0773518614 (cloth)
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Book
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imprint
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999.
isbn
0773518614 (cloth)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10510835
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-332).
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This collection explores the participation of the oppressed and marginalised Guatemalan refugees, most of them indigenous Mayas who fled from the army's campaign of the early 1980s, in government negotiations regarding the conditions for return.
Main Description
Edited and with contributions by Liisa North and Alan Simmons, this collection explores the participation of the oppressed and marginalised Guatemalan refugees, most of them indigenous Mayas who fled from the army's razed-earth campaign of the early 1980s, in government negotiations regarding the conditions for return. The essays adopt the refugees' language concerning return - defining it as a self-organized and participatory collective act that is very different from repatriation, a passive process often organized by others with the objective of reintegration into the status quo. Contributors examine the extent to which the organized returnees and other social organizations with similar objectives have been successful in transforming Guatemalan society, creating greater respect for political, social, and economic rights. They also consider the obstacles to democratization in a country just emerging from a history of oppressive dictatorships and a thirty-six-year-long civil war. Contributors include Stephen Baranyi (IDRC), Catherine Blacklock (Queen's University), Manuel-Angel Castillo (Colegio de Mexico), Alison Crosby (Consejeria en Proyectos), Gonzalo de Villa (Universidad Rafael Landivar), Brian Egan (Independent Consultant), Marco Fonseca (York University), Gisela Geliert (FLACSO-Guatemala), Jim Gronau (Coordinacion de ONG y Cooperativas), Barry Levitt (University of North Carolina), George Lovell (Queen's University), Catherine Nolan-Hanlon (Queen-s University), Liisa North, Viviana Patroni (Wilfrid Laurier University), Rene Potvin (FLACSO-Guatemala), Alan Simmons, and Gabriela Torres (York University).
Main Description
Understanding democracy, human rights, and development in the conflict-ridden societies of the third world is at the heart of Journeys of Fear, a stimulating collection of papers prepared by Canadian and Guatemalan scholars.
Unpaid Annotation
North (political science, York U.) and Simmons (sociology, York U.) present 15 essays that explore the participation of oppressed and marginalized Guatemalan refugees in government negotiations regarding the conditions for return. The essays adopt the refugees' language concerning return, defining it as a self-organized collective act that is very different from repatriation, a process organized by others with the objective of reintegration into the stat us quo. Contributors examine the extent to which returnees and organizations sharing their goals have been successful in transforming Guatemalan society and look at obstacles to democratization.
Table of Contents
Tables and Mapsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Fear and Hope: Return and Transformation in Historical Perspectivep. 3
Perspectives on the National Political-Economic Setting
Reflections on the Problems of Democracy in Guatemalap. 31
Land and Peace: Two Points of Viewp. 40
Negotiating and Monitoring the Peace: National and International Dimensions
Paradigms of Negotiation and Democratization in Guatemalap. 57
Maximizing the Benefits of UN Involvement in the Guatemala Peace Processp. 74
"Somos de la Tierra": Land and the Guatemalan Refugee Returnp. 95
Migration and the Displaced in Guatemala City in the Context of a Flawed National Transformationp. 112
Exodus and Return with a Changing Migration Systemp. 130
Identity and Community: Gender, Ethnicity, and Place
The Unexpected Consequences of Violence: Rethinking Gender Roles and Ethnicityp. 155
To Whom Shall the Nation Belong? The Gender and Ethnic Dimension of Refugee Return and the Struggle for Peace in Guatemalap. 176
Democratization and Popular Women's Organizationsp. 196
Guatemalan Refugees and Returnees: Place and Maya Identityp. 213
Ngo Networks and Governmental Assistance
Theorizing Accompanimentp. 237
Canadian Foreign Aid as Support for Human Rights and Democratization in Guatemalap. 255
Concluding Reflections: Refugee Return, National Transformation, and Neoliberal Restructuringp. 272
Acronymsp. 301
Bibliographyp. 307
Contributorsp. 333
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