Betsy Ogburn Konefal



Defending the Pueblo: Indigenous Identity and Struggles for Social Justice in Guatemala, 1970 to 1980

Konefal provides a historical account of the challenges encountered by Guatemala’s oppressed minority — the native Mayans — in building a movement that vindicates the dignity denied to them for five centuries. She presents a narrative of a people determined to build their movement in the face of harrowing and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including genocidal military campaigns, and further offers an analysis of the intersection of race, social class, and gender.

Central America, social identity, justice, Native peoples, social history, culture, social activism, racial violence, Guatemala

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 3 (2003): 32-47