The Quiet Revolutionaries: Seeking Justice in Guatemala

Paperback | September 1, 2007

byFrank M. Afflitto, Paul Jesilow

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The last three decades of the twentieth century brought relentless waves of death squads, political kidnappings, and other traumas to the people of Guatemala. Many people fled the country to escape the violence. Yet, at the same moment, a popular movement for justice brought together unlikely bands of behind-the-scenes heroes, blurring ethnic, geographic, and even class lines.

The Quiet Revolutionaries is drawn from interviews conducted by Frank Afflitto in the early 1990s with more than eighty survivors of the state-sanctioned violence. Gathered under frequently life-threatening circumstances, the observations and recollections of these inspiring men and women form a unique perspective on collective efforts to produce change in politics, law, and public consciousness. Examined from a variety of perspectives, from sociological to historical, their stories form a rich ethnography. While it is still too soon to tell whether stable, long-term democracy will prevail in Guatemala, the successes of these fascinating individuals provide a unique understanding of revolutionary resistance.

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The last three decades of the twentieth century brought relentless waves of death squads, political kidnappings, and other traumas to the people of Guatemala. Many people fled the country to escape the violence. Yet, at the same moment, a popular movement for justice brought together unlikely bands of behind-the-scenes heroes, blurring...

Frank M. Afflitto received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of California at Irvine. He specializes in research on social perceptions of justice and conflict.Paul Jesilow is Associate Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2007Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029271677X

ISBN - 13:9780292716773

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter One: Some BackgroundChapter Two: Access Was Not EasyChapter Three: Chronic AmbiguityChapter Four: Seeking JusticeChapter Five: The Social Movement to End ImpunityChapter Six: The Movement Is Fragmented by the Peace AccordsChapter Seven: Identity, Rule of Law, and DemocracyAppendixNotesReferencesIndex

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A major contribution to our understanding of grassroots human rights activism and the ways in which victims of violence can make sense of their traumatic experiences. - Norma Stoltz Chinchilla, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, California State University, Long Beac