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The Disarticulated Movement: Barriers to Maya Mobilization in Post-Conflict Guatemala

Vogt, M; (2015) The Disarticulated Movement: Barriers to Maya Mobilization in Post-Conflict Guatemala. Latin American Politics and Society , 57 (1) pp. 29-50. 10.1111/j.1548-2456.2015.00260.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Over the last decades, indigenous movements have propelled the political empowerment of historically marginalized groups in Latin America. The Maya struggle for ethnic equality in Guatemala, however, since its reawakening during the peace process, has reached an impasse. Based on field research consisting of dozens of elite interviews, this article analyzes the patterns of and obstacles to present-day Maya mobilization. It combines movement-internal and -external factors in an overarching theoretical argument about indigenous movements' capacity to construct strong collective voices. In the Guatemalan case, organizational sectorization, the lack of elite consensus on key substantive issues, and unclear alliance strategies compromise the effectiveness of horizontal voice among Maya organizations. These problems are exacerbated by the lasting effects of the country's unique history of violence and state strategies of divide and rule, preventing the emergence of a strong vertical voice capable of challenging the Guatemalan state.

Type: Article
Title: The Disarticulated Movement: Barriers to Maya Mobilization in Post-Conflict Guatemala
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-2456.2015.00260.x
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-2456.2015.00260.x
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10051125
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