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The Emergence Of Indigenous Politics

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Indigenous politics in Guatemala has been a highly diverse political practice shaped by the historically contingent needs and demands of social actors and the context in which they have mobilised. At the time of the return to civilian rule in 1986, civil actors were characterised by their previous experiences of mobilisation, mainly at the local level, around both popular and culturalist platforms. By 1990 the indigenous movement, comprising both popularistas and mayanistas, had developed sufficiently to generate public space and debate and it began to launch its most effective activity in preparation for the 1992 ?celebrations?. The national and international socio-political climate reinforced processes taking place in Guatemala and precipitated further events critical to the evolution of indigenous politics shortly after the Encuentro. Distinctions based on strategy and social constituency still continued to differentiate popularista and mayanista movements.

Keywords: Encuentro; Guatemala; indigenous movement; indigenous politics; mayanistas; popularistas ; social actors



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