(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Everyday expertise: land regularization and the conditions for land grabs in Petén, Guatemala

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GOULD K.A. (1) ;
(1) Concordia University, Montréal, CANADA


This paper examines the work of regularizing (titling) land in the context of a World-Bank-funded market-assisted land reform project in northern Guatemala. Specifically, the focus is on the meaning-making work of field technicians who seek to convince campesinos (peasants) to participate in this regularization project. In their recruiting efforts, these technicians creatively link neoliberal slogans, human rights narratives, and exclusionary visions of nation, race, and property. By examining how technicians elaborate knowledge in the field and on the fly, this study reveals spheres of politics where regularization could be modestly contested or transformed. Such politics are worth attending to because in northern Guatemala and elsewhere, regularization contributes to conditions for land grabs


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no10 [pp. 2353-2368]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 1 carte, 1 phot.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/a140188p

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