Journeys of Fear: Refugee Return and National Transformation in Guatemala

Synopsis

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.

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