Violent Memories: Mayan War Widows in Guatemala

Synopsis

This local study of the impact of political violence on a Maya Indian village is based on intensive fieldwork in the department of El Quiche, Guatemala, during 1988-1990. It examines the processes of fragmentation & realignment in a community undergoing rapid & violent change & relates local, social, cultural, & psychological phenomena to the impact of the war on widows' lives. Zur combines a narrative, life-history approach with anthropological analysis, emphasizing the way people talk about & explain the violence. She describes the survival strategies of widows & their attempts to reconstruct their lives, both on a physical level & in terms of meaning, & finds that "remembering" is not simply the automatic engagement of the past within the present, but a process that allows widows to discover new possibilities for action & for reshaping their own positions in society.

Additional information

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.