Violence and Women's Lives in Eastern Guatemala: A Conceptual Framework


Menjivar, Cecilia. 2008. “Violence and Women's Lives in Eastern Guatemala: A Conceptual Framework.” Latin American Research Review 43 (3): 109-36.

Author: Cecilia Menjivar


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 of living in a society engulfed in violence, thus depicting the long arm of violence.

Topics: Gender, Women, Violence Regions: Americas, Central America Countries: Guatemala

Year: 2008

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