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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction. Aftermath: Harvests of Violence and Histories of the Future / Carlota McAllister and Diane M. Nelson  1
    Part I: Surveying the Landscape: Histories of the Present  
    1. Five Hundred Years / Greg Grandin  49
    2. Difficult Complementarity: Relations between the Mayan and Revolutionary Movements / Santiago Bastos and Manuela Camus  71
    3. Testimonial Truths and Revolutionary Mysteries / Carlota McAllister  93
    Part II: Market Freedoms and Market Forces: The New Biopolitical Economy  
    4. Development and/as Dispossession: Elite Networks and Extractive Industry in the Franja Transversal del Norte / Luis Solano  119
    5. "We're No Longer Dealing with Fools": Violence, Labor, and Governance on the South Coast / Elizabeth Oglesby  143
    6. "A Dignified Community Where We Can Live": Violence, Law, and Debt in Nueva Cajolá's Struggle for Land / Irmalicia Velásquez Nimatuj  170
    Part III. Means into Ends: Neoliberal Transparency and Its Shadows  
    7. What Happened to the Revolution? Guatemala City's Maras from Life to Death / Deborah T. Levenson  195
    8. The Long War in Colotenango: Guerrillas, Army, and Civil Patrols / Paul Kobrak  218
    9. After Lynching / Jennifer Burrell  241
    10. Labor Contractors to Military Specialists to Development Experts: Marginal Elites and Postwar State Formation / Matilde González Izás  261
    Part IV: Whither the Future? Postwar Aspirations and Identifications  
    11. 100 Percent Omnilife: Health, Economy, and the End/s of War / Diane M. Nelson  285
    12. The Shumo Challenge: White Class Privilege and the Post-Race, Post-Genocide Alliances of Cosmopolitanism from Below / Jorge Ramón González Ponciano  307
    13. A Generation after the Refugees' Return: Are We There Yet? / Paula Worby  330
    Works Cited  353
    Contributors  377
    Index  383
  • Carlota McAllister

    Greg Grandin

    Santiago Bastos

    Luis Solano

    Elizabeth Oglesby

    Irma Velasquez Nimatuj

    Paul Kobrak

    Jennifer Burrell

    Matilde Gonzalez-Izas

    Jorge Ramón Gonzalez Ponciano

    Paula Worby

    Diane M. Nelson

  • "An important collection, War by Other Means is the result of many years of multifaceted collaboration among the editors and authors. Rich in content and in method, the volume combines the views and idioms of scholars from Guatemala and the United States as they write history, testimony, ethnography, and political economy in the complex aftermath of death and survival in Central America."—Marisol de la Cadena, author of Indigenous Mestizos: The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1919–1991

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    Between 1960 and 1996, Guatemala's civil war claimed 250,000 lives and displaced one million people. Since the peace accords, Guatemala has struggled to address the legacy of war, genocidal violence against the Maya, and the dismantling of alternative projects for the future. War by Other Means brings together new essays by leading scholars of Guatemala from a range of geographical backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives.

    Contributors consider a wide range of issues confronting present-day Guatemala: returning refugees, land reform, gang violence, neoliberal economic restructuring, indigenous and women's rights, complex race relations, the politics of memory, and the challenges of sustaining hope. From a sweeping account of Guatemalan elites' centuries-long use of violence to suppress dissent to studies of intimate experiences of complicity and contestation in richly drawn localities, War by Other Means provides a nuanced reckoning of the injustices that made genocide possible and the ongoing attempts to overcome them.

    Contributors. Santiago Bastos, Jennifer Burrell, Manuela Camus, Matilde González-Izás, Jorge Ramón González Ponciano, Greg Grandin, Paul Kobrak, Deborah T. Levenson, Carlota McAllister, Diane M. Nelson, Elizabeth Oglesby, Luis Solano, Irmalicia Velásquez Nimatuj, Paula Worby

    About The Author(s)

    Carlota McAllister is Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University in Toronto.

    Diane M. Nelson is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She is the author of Reckoning: The Ends of War in Guatemala, also published by Duke University Press.

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