Global Coloniality of Power in Guatemala: Racism, Genocide, Citizenship

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Lexington Books, Jul 20, 2012 - Social Science - 296 pages
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In this engaged critique of the geopolitics of knowledge, Egla Martínez Salazar examines the genocide and other forms of state terror such as racialized feminicide and the attack on Maya childhood, which occurred in Guatemala of the 1980s and '90s with the full support of Western colonial powers. Drawing on a careful analysis of recently declassified state documents, thematic life histories, and compelling interviews with Maya and Mestizo women and men survivors, Martinez Salazar shows how people resisting oppression were converted into the politically abject. At the center of her book is an examination of how coloniality survives colonialism—a crucial point for understanding how contemporary hegemonic practices and ideologies such as equality, democracy, human rights, peace, and citizenship are deeply contested terrains, for they create nominal equality from practical social inequality. While many in the global North continue to enjoy the benefits of this domination, millions, if not billions, in both the South and North have been persecuted, controlled, and exterminated during their struggles for a more just world.

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1 Introduction
2 Genealogical Backgrounds of Power
3 Structural and Everyday Practices of Racism
4 Genocide as a Tool to Eliminate the Racialized and Politically Undesirable
5 The Bureaucracy of Death and Vilified Memories
6 Citizenship as Repression and a Space of InclusionExclusion
7 Some Concluding Thoughts

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Egla Martínez Salazar, holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (M.E.S.) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, and in the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, both at Carleton University. Prior to working at Carleton, Egla worked in the Women’s Studies Program at McMaster University. Dr. Martínez Salazar did her previous education both in Guatemala and Mexico.

Her research focuses on the following areas: modern coloniality/decoloniality, intersectional feminisms and critical approaches to human and citizenship rights, environmental justice, and Indigenous Epistemologies

Dr. Martínez Salazar is currently working on the research project about the Contemporary Coloniality of Nature, and the Criminalization of Socio-Environmental Justice Struggles of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Impoverished Communities in Latin America.

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