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Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series)
In the last decades of the twentieth century, thousands of Mayas were expelled, often violently, from their homes in San Juan Chamula and other highland communities in Chiapas, Mexico, by fellow Mayas allied with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). State and federal authorities generally turned a blind eye to these human rights abuses, downplaying them as l ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by University of Texas Press
(first published May 1st 2005)
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While I have read lots of liberation theology, this book shows LT in action with indigenous Mayan Roman Catholics in the Chiapas region of southern Mexico. For 3-4 years the author lived with and interviewed members of the Guadeloupe community of displaced indigenous persons in San Cristobal. While at times the detail of her reporting of events and conversations is overwhelming, she does a good job of placing the situation in the broader context of Mexican politics and international neoliberal e ...more
Jun 29, 2007 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone coming to San Cristobal
This ethnography is about the exile of religious converts from the indigenous communities surrounding San Cristobal. But this rural to urban migration has very fundementally shaped San Cristobal in the past decade or more. So it is very helpful for anyone spending time in the city today. I'm particularly interested both because it is anthropology and because the neighborhoods surrounding Barbara's bodega where I stayed in San Cristobal during language training are almost exclusively made up of t ...more
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