Violence and women's lives in Eastern Guatemala: A conceptual framework

Cecilia Menjívar

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In this article, I outline a framework to examine women's lives in eastern Guatemala, how multiple forms of violence coalesce in their everyday lives, and how these become normalized so as to become invisible and "natural." Women in western Guatemala, mostly indigenous, have received the attention of scholars who are interested in unearthing the brutality of state terror and its gendered expressions in Guatemala. My discussion builds on previous research conducted among indigenous groups in Guatemala and renders a depiction of the broad reach of violence, including expressions that are so commonplace as to become invisible. I argue that an examination of multiple forms of violence in the lives of women in eastern Guatemala, who are nonindigenous, exposes the deep and broad manifestations living in a society engulfed in violence, thus depicting the long arm of violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-136
Number of pages28
JournalLatin American Research Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Development
  • Anthropology
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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