Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans




      Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans
This book is about a living legend, a young Guatemalan orphaned by government death squads who said that her odyssey from a Mayan Indian village to revolutionary exile was the story of all poor Guatemalans Published in the autobiographical I, Rigoberta Mench , her words brought the Guatemalan army s atrocities to world attention and propelled her to the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Five years later, as her country s civil war ended and truth commissions prepared their reports, the Nobel laureate seemed to repudiate the life story that made her famous That is not my book, she said, accusing its editor, Elisabeth Burgos, of distorting her testimony.Why the disclaimer One reason was the anthropologist interviewing other violence survivors in her home town In Rigoberta Mench and The Story of All Poor Guatemalans, David Stoll uses their recollections and archival sources to establish a different portrait of the laureate s village and the violence that destroyed it Like the imagery surrounding Ch Guevara, Rigoberta s 1982 story served the ideological needs of the urban left and kept alive the grand old vision of Latin American revolution It shaped the assumptions of foreign human rights activists and the new multicultural orthodoxy in North American universities But it was not the eyewitness account it purported to be, and enshrining it as the voice of the voiceless caricatured the complex feelings of Guatemalan Indians toward the guerrillas who claimed to represent them At a time when Rigoberta s people were desperate to stop the fighting, her story became a way to mobilize foreign support for a defeated insurgency.By comparing a cult text with local testimony, Stoll raises troubling questions about the rebirth of the sacred in postmodern academe Far from being innocent or moral, he argues, organizing scholarship around simplistic images of victimhood can be used to rationalize the creation of victims In challenging the accuracy of a widely hailed account of Third World oppression, this book goes to the heart of contemporary debates over political correctness and identity politics. Download Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans author David Stoll – heartforum.co.uk

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      Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans
 By David Stoll IBN : 0813336945 Format : Paperback – heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans
  • David Stoll
  • English
  • 14 October 2017
  • 0813336945

10 thoughts on “ Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans

  1. Steve Kettmann says:

    My S.F Chronicle review from 1999 Give David Stoll credit for world class chutzpah He not only takes it on himself as a North American anthropologist to go after Central America s most famous symbol of oppression, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, but he refers to her throughout his book as Rigoberta, despite the obvious lack of respect this shows This is not a man who is going to be easily cowed by the hatred and recrimination he s sure to inspire Stoll, a professor at Mid My S.F Chronicle review from 1999 Give David Stoll credit for world class chutzpah He not only takes it on himself as a North American anthropologist to go after Central America s most famous symbol of oppression, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, but he refers to her throughout his book as Rigoberta, despite the obvious lack of respect this shows This is not a man who is going to be easily cow...

  2. Elliot says:

    While the author of this book is frequently criticized for attacking the story of Rigoberta Mench , it seems that the vast majority of the attacks come from people who have made their decision about what they want to believe before they actually read the book In reality, the book is presented in a honest and fair way that does not attack Rigoberta Mench but rather points out inaccuracies with her story.In my opinion this book should be assigned along with Rigoberta s, or at least given attenti While the author of this book is frequently criticized for attacking the story of Rigoberta Mench , it seems that the vast majority of the attacks come from people who have made their decision about what they want to believe before they actually read the book In reality, the book is presented in a honest and fair way that does not attack Rigoberta Mench ...

  3. Thomas Ray says:

    See Rigoberta Menchu Controversy by Arturo Arias.Stoll relies on survivor interviews he did in the 1990s,than 10 years after the worst of the slaughter, 1982 1983 under R os Montt and Ronald Reagan Stoll s view is that of a l...

  4. Mumallah says:

    The guy writes well but doesn t really know how to carry out a decent ethnography His attempt to attack the leftist resistance forces in Guatemala and to portray them as having little popular support is a bit silly given the historical situation of the day Hobsbawm s Primative Rebels details a good case for why the rebels must have had some support somewhere, else be destroyed by the death squads of the rightist military regime that sent Guatemalan society into such torment An excellent case The guy writes well but doesn t really know how to carry out a decent ethnography His attempt to attack the leftist resistance forces in Guatemala and to portray them as having little popular support is a bit silly given the historical situation of the day Hobsbawm s Primative Rebels details a good case for why the rebels must have had some support s...

  5. Amy says:

    This book definitely helped me gain perspective on I, Rigoberta Menchu An Indian Woman in Guatemala and helped me sort out some of the issues I had with it It was educational but not exactly enjoyable.

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