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Indigenous Mobilisation In La Defensoría Maya: Indigenous Politics And The Recovery Of Mayan Culture

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This chapter discusses the historical emergence of the indigenous popular organisation La Defensoría Maya. It analyses the changes that have occurred in the policies, discourse, identity and strategy of Defensoría Maya, within the previously elaborated framework that assesses the influences upon the historical development of social movements in Guatemala. The chapter examines the relationship between the socio-political context in which Defensoría Maya emerged, the concept of rights that it articulated and its position vis-à-vis the class/ethnicity dichotomy. It argues that Defensoría Maya represents the emergence of a new tendency in Guatemala?s indigenous movement, combining the social constituency and historical legacy of the popular movement with the discourse and wider aims of the mayanistas. The national organisation Defensoría Maya developed out of two regionally based human rights networks active in the departments of Sololá and El Quiché in 1992.

Keywords: mayanistas; El Quiché; Guatemala; human rights; indigenous movement; La Defensoría Maya; Sololá



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