Enduring Violence: Ladina Women's Lives in Guatemala by Cecilia Menjívar

By Cecilia Menjívar

Drawing on revealing, in-depth interviews, Cecilia Menjívar investigates the position that violence performs within the lives of Ladina girls in jap Guatemala, a little-visited and little-studied area. whereas a lot has been written with reference to political violence in Guatemala, Menjívar turns to another type of suffering—the violence embedded in associations and in lifestyle so widespread and regimen that it's always no longer well-known as such. instead of portray Guatemala (or even Latin the US) as having a cultural propensity for normalizing and accepting violence, Menjívar goals to boost an method of reading constructions of violence—profound inequality, exploitation and poverty, and gender ideologies that place ladies in weak events— grounded in women’s studies. during this approach, her learn offers a glimpse into the basis motives of the expanding wave of feminicide in Guatemala, in addition to in different Latin American nations, and provides observations suitable for figuring out violence opposed to ladies world wide today.

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We had a good discussion of the fear that not only comes from direct physical violence but also is embedded in institutions and practices. After listening to similar assessments from others, going back to San Alejo to corroborate my thoughts, and taking the time for reflection, I started to search the literature for a framework that would allow me to grasp the multisided violence I observed in the lives of ladinas in eastern Guatemala. ” research notes and reflections This project started out as part of a larger comparative study of maternal and child health in Maya and ladino communities in Guatemala.

12 I had not anticipated, however, that the ladinas would also bring up violence (in its other manifestations) in our conversations. The ladinas would mention events and situations that were similar to those I had expected to find in the Altiplano, such as deaths and similar forms of direct violence. But their narratives also shed light on the suffering that comes from social exclusion and extreme poverty, as well as the injuries that come from gender inequality. Perhaps after spending a long enough time in Guatemala, violence in its multiple forms becomes a topic that is hard to ignore, not only as expressed through words in conversations, but also as seen palpably through observation of life in general.

9 Throughout this period ladinos continued to be killed, but the atrocities committed against the Maya, described as ethnocide or genocide, targeted “Indians as Indians” (Grandin 2000: 16). The widespread and systematic nature of this slaughter arguably reached the threshold of crimes against humanity. S. S. government orchestrated the overthrow of democratically elected Jacob Arbenz Guzmán and installed a military regime that would govern the country, in various guises, for the next several decades.

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