Dealing with Peace: The Guatemalan Campesino Movement and the Post-Conflict Neoliberal State

By Simon Granovsky-Larsen

© 2019

Dealing with Peace presents the struggles of the Guatemalan campesino (peasant) social movement during the country’s post-conflict transition from 1996 to the present, focusing on efforts to obtain land and improve livelihoods within a shifting, yet consistently hostile, political-economic environment. With special focus on the relationship between the movement and the neoliberal state, Simon Granovsky-Larsen asks whether the acceptance of neoliberal resources – in this case, support for land access in Guatemala provided by the World Bank-funded Fondo de Tierras – reduces the potential for social movements to continue to work for transformative change.

Positioned in contrast to studies warning that social movements cannot maintain their original vision after accepting such support, this book argues that organizations within the Guatemalan campesino movement have engaged strategically with neoliberalism, utilizing available resources to advance visions of social change. Using a wealth of primary data collected over more than a year of fieldwork, it contributes significantly to the study of Guatemalan politics and advances understandings of the grounded operation of neoliberalism. Exploring both the dynamics of a national neoliberal transition and the ways in which these play out within civil society, Dealing with Peace reveals the long-term and often contradictory negotiation of political and economic transitions.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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Dealing with Peace explores the relationship between the Guatemalan campesino social movement and state agrarian institutions in the period since the end of armed conflict in 1996.

Dealing with Peace: The Guatemalan Campesino Movement and the Post-Conflict Neoliberal State

By Simon Granovsky-Larsen

© 2019

Dealing with Peace presents the struggles of the Guatemalan campesino (peasant) social movement during the country’s post-conflict transition from 1996 to the present, focusing on efforts to obtain land and improve livelihoods within a shifting, yet consistently hostile, political-economic environment. With special focus on the relationship between the movement and the neoliberal state, Simon Granovsky-Larsen asks whether the acceptance of neoliberal resources – in this case, support for land access in Guatemala provided by the World Bank-funded Fondo de Tierras – reduces the potential for social movements to continue to work for transformative change.

Positioned in contrast to studies warning that social movements cannot maintain their original vision after accepting such support, this book argues that organizations within the Guatemalan campesino movement have engaged strategically with neoliberalism, utilizing available resources to advance visions of social change. Using a wealth of primary data collected over more than a year of fieldwork, it contributes significantly to the study of Guatemalan politics and advances understandings of the grounded operation of neoliberalism. Exploring both the dynamics of a national neoliberal transition and the ways in which these play out within civil society, Dealing with Peace reveals the long-term and often contradictory negotiation of political and economic transitions.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The depth and breadth of the knowledge displayed in Dealing with Peace is striking. Drawing upon years of involvement with the Guatemalan people, in addition to formal fieldwork, Simon Granovsky-Larsen reveals impressive insights and represents an engaged researcher, winning the confidence of embattled peasant communities in a country that continues to be racked by violence."


    Laura Macdonald, Department of Political Science and Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University

    "Theoretically informed, methodologically ambitious, and qualitatively rich, Dealing with Peace serves as a model for critical scholarship. Granovsky-Larsen demonstrates that the personal is political and that recognizing our subjectivity and solidarity with our research community is a strength, not a weakness."


    Catherine Nolin, Department of Geography, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Author Information

    Simon Granovsky-Larsen is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina.
  • Table of contents

    List of Tables, Figures, and Illustrations
    Map: Location of Main Research Sites
    Acronyms
    Acknowledgements

    Introduction
    Dispossession, Violence, and Poverty
    Positioning the Case Studies: CCDA and CONIC
    Methodology: Activist Research Amid Violence
    Overview of the Book

    1. Strategic Engagements with Neoliberalism
    Transitions to and through Neoliberalism
    Peace, Land, and Neoliberalism
    Challenging Guatemala’s Neoliberal Peace

    2. The Guatemalan Campesino Movement: Organizing through War and Peace
    From the Ashes of Genocide and Revolution, 1944-1985
    The Perils of Peace, 1986-2010
    The Guatemalan Campesino Movement Today

    3. Between the Bullet and the Bank: Campesino Access to Land
    The Market Model
    Agrarian Conflict and Rural Struggle

    4. CONIC: An Organization Apart
    CONIC and Territorial Collectives
    Victorias III: “We’re screwed but happy”
    San José La Pasión: “We have to work together”

    5. CCDA: A Revolutionary Enterprise
    CCDA and Café Justicia
    Salvador Xolhuitz: A Divided Community
    Don Pancho: “We’re used to giving it our all”

    6. Beyond the Post-Conflict Period
    CONIC and CCDA: Within and Against the Market
    The Neoliberal Temptation
    CCDA and the Rearticulation of Resistance

    Glossary
    List of Interview Participants and Research Sites
    Bibliography