Social Movements, Indigenous Politics and Democratisation in Guatemala, 1985-1996


Author: Mark G. Brett
This book analyses patterns of collective action that emerged during Guatemala’s democratic transition between 1985 and 1996, focusing in particular on the role of indigenous actors in the political processes undergirding and shaping democratisation and the respective impact of the transition upon indigenous social movements. Comparatively little has been written about collective action in Guatemala within the discipline of political science, despite the mobilisation of a wide range of social movements in response to the brutal armed conflict; rather, literature has focused principally on the role of elite actors in democratisation. This study presents a fresh perspective, presenting an analysis of the political evolution of three social movements and their human rights platforms through the framework of social movement theory.

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Roddy Brett, Ph.D. (2002) in Political Science, University of London, MPHIL (1994), University of Cambridge, is Researcher at FLACSO, Guatemala. He is an academic and practitioner in the fields of social movements, indigenous peoples' rights, human rights and political violence.
List of Acronyms
Mape One
Introduction: Social Movements, Indigenous Politics and Democratisation in Guatemala, 1985-1996
1. Civil Society and Social Movements: Some Theoretical Considerations
2. The Democratic Transition
3. The Emergence of Indigenous Politics
4. Demanding Human Rights in a Violent Democracy: Indigenous Participation in El Consejo de Comunidades Etnicas
5. La Coordinadora Nacional Indígena y Campesina and the Indigenous Struggle for Land
6. Indigenous Mobilisation in La Defensoría Maya: Indigenous Politics and the Recovery of Mayan Culture
Appendix A
Appendix B
Cited Sources and Bibliography
Newspapers and News Journals
All those interested in social movement theory and practice, indigenous peoples’ and their politics, democratisation, peace processes and civil society theory, in addition to the modern history of Latin America.