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"Aquí No Pasó Nada": Terror, Remembrance and Healing in a Guatemalan "Green Zone"


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"Aquí No Pasó Nada": Terror, Remembrance and Healing in a Guatemalan "Green Zone"

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dc.contributor.author Wagner, William G.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-27T21:14:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-27T21:14:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-27T21:14:56Z
dc.date.submitted July 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/9817
dc.description.abstract This research focuses on the experiences of survivors of political violence and their healers in Momostenango, Totonicapán. The majority population of Momostenango is K’iche’ Maya. During Guatemala’s civil war (1960-1996), the state used terror to silence popular resistance and to neutralize the threat of insurgent guerilla forces that drew wide support from Maya communities. From 1981 to 1983 state army and paramilitary forces resorted to scorched earth tactics that two different truth commissions subsequently characterized as genocidal. During the war, the military designated the town as a “green zone” (a region sympathetic to and supportive of the military’s counterinsurgency project). Aquí no pasó nada (“nothing happened here”) focuses on how state-sanctioned identities are maintained and contested through providers’ and patients’ narrative frames during healthcare encounters. Qualitative and ethnographic analysis of competing accounts and perspectives about historical truths illuminate the interplay of class and ethnic identities as well as the ongoing effects of state-counterinsurgency in post-accords Guatemala. By exploring how biomedical and traditional Maya healers understand and speak about political violence, this dissertation examines providers’ ideologies of care and how survivors think about and actualize their present political agency. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship U.S. Dept. of Education FLAS Fellowship U.S. Dept. of Education Title VI Fellowship Fulbright-Hays Fellowship University of New Mexico 3% Scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Guatemala en_US
dc.subject Momostenango en_US
dc.subject Memory en_US
dc.subject Medical Anthropology en_US
dc.subject Terror en_US
dc.subject Healing en_US
dc.subject Governance en_US
dc.subject State Counterinsurgency en_US
dc.subject Maya en_US
dc.subject K'iche' en_US
dc.subject Biomedicine en_US
dc.subject Political Violence en_US
dc.subject Healthcare en_US
dc.subject Public Health en_US
dc.subject Agency en_US
dc.subject Subaltern studies en_US
dc.subject Ideologies of Care en_US
dc.subject Guerrillas en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mayas--Health and hygiene--Guatemala
dc.subject.lcsh Medical anthropology
dc.subject.lcsh Public health--Guatemala
dc.subject.lcsh Mayas--Guatemala--Politics and government--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Civil-military relations--Guatemala
dc.subject.lcsh Counterinsurgency--Guatemala
dc.subject.lcsh State-sponsored terrorism--Guatemala
dc.title "Aquí No Pasó Nada": Terror, Remembrance and Healing in a Guatemalan "Green Zone" en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Anthropology en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Anthropology en_US
dc.description.advisor Nagengast, Carole
dc.description.committee-member Lamphere, Louise
dc.description.committee-member Field, Les
dc.description.committee-member Fabri, Mary

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