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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

‘The Root Is Maya, the Practice Is Pluralist’: Xel-jú and Indigenous Political Mobilisation in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

RASCH ELISABET DUEHOLM (1) ;
(1) Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Abstract

Since the 1990s Latin America has witnessed the emergence of ethnic, often social movement-based, political parties. Within this context Rigoberto Quemé Chay became the first indigenous mayor of Quetzaltenango, the second-largest city of Guatemala, a place that until then had been marked by indigenous political exclusion and racism. This article seeks to explain why Quemé was victorious in 1995 and also why he subsequently lost the election in 2004 through an analysis of the ideational struggle within the (indigenous) political organisation, Xel-jú, which backed Quemé's candidacy twice. I use the movements of ‘departure’, ‘manoeuvre’ and ‘arrival’ in the process of the constitution of hegemonic visions of power to analyse Xel-jú's rise to political power.

L’A. étudie la victoire électorale de Rigoberto Quem´e Chay, premier maire indigène de la ville de Quetzaltenango au Guatemala, longtemps marquée par le racisme et l’exclusion. Il analyse ses deux mandats et les raisons de son échec en 2004, au travers de la lutte idéologique qui s’en est suivie au sein de l’organisation politique Xel-ju. Pour ce faire, il utilise les différents mouvements de « départ », de « manœuvre » et d’ « arrivée » pour expliquer le processus d’élaboration d’une vision hégémonique du pouvoir politique

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Bulletin of Latin American research / ISSN 1470-9856

Editor : Blackwell , Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1995)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 31, no1 [pp. 80-94]
Published in 2012

Language

Anglais

Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1111/j.1470-9856.2011.00641.x

© 2011 The Author. Bulletin of Latin American Research © 2011 Society for Latin American StudiesTous droits réservés © Prodig - Bibliographie Géographique Internationale (BGI), 2012
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