GNS MONDAY MAILER DECEMBER 01 2014
- A FEW LINKS
- SOME GUATEMALA RELATED PAPERS AT THE AAA MEETINGS
- CHIXOY DAM REPARATIONS DEAL SIGNED
- GSN’ERS SWEEP NECLAS BOOK AWARDS
- SOCIETY FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF WORK ANNOUNCES BOOK PRIZE
- NEW PUBLICATION ON CLIMATE IN GUATEMALA
- EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED IN MINNESOTA
- LECTURE ON JORGE UBICO THIS Thursday AT THE CASA POPENOE
- OSEA SUMMER FIELD PROGRAMS IN YUCATAN
- A FEW LINKS
- NPR INTERVIEW WITH CLAUDIA PAZ Y PAZ http://www.npr.org/2014/11/20/365390898/after-fighting-crime-ex-guatemala-attorney-general-moves-to-u-s
- WHAT “FREE TRADE” HAS DONE TO THE AMERICAS http://www.thenation.com/blog/191321/what-free-trade-has-done-central-america
Rebecca Lee Nelson (University of Connecticut) and it's in the panel STRUCTURING AND SHAPING TOURISM: RECONSIDERING THE ROLE OF "IMPACTS"
Delaware Suite B (Marriott Wardman Park).
NECLAS Prize Citations for 2014
MARYSA NAVARRO BEST BOOK PRIZE
Prize Committee: Walter E. Little, Chair (SUNY Albany), Amy Chazkel (City University of New York, Queens College and Graduate Center), Katherine Hite (Vassar College)
Winner: Levenson, Deborah Adiós Niño, The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death (Duke University Press, 2013).
Levenson's deep understanding of Guatemala's history, especially of Guatemala City and of labor organizations, comes through many years of experience in the very problem-filled neighborhoods she writes about. Adiós Niño goes beyond an historical analysis of the causes of gang violence and avoids falling into reductionist and sensationalistic tropes of gang members' identities and behaviors to generate fear or pass moralistic opinions. Instead, Levenson humanizes the gang members and families that are described in the book. Without shirking from addressing the truly horrible crimes committed by the gangs, she shows the economic, political, and social conditions that fomented them and continue to incubate future gang members. Using interviews, conversations, and oral histories, she provides an empathic portrait of gang members, their families, and friends to present a nuanced understanding of Guatemala City life inside and outside of gang life. She illustrates how gang members have complex multifaceted identities that straddle legal and illegal, as they participate in informal, formal, and underworld economies and politics. What makes Levenson's book so convincing and her so successful at describing gang members and their lives is the way she sews together her own personal experiences with that of a toolbox of mixed methods. This information is then interpreted using a diverse set of analytical tools to explain what is happening. Adiós, Niño does not fall easily within one academic genre but bridges several, history, politics, ethnographic, sociology, while remaining elegantly and clearly written.
Honorable Mention: David Carey's book, I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898–1944 (University of Texas Press, 2013) is a deeply researched and convincingly argued piece of scholarship. This rich historical study of crime, gender and the state sheds more than insights into legal processes under dictatorships, it provides intimate portraits of life Mayas–conflict within and between families, making due under the crushing conditions of poverty, and an economic and political system stacked against them.
5. SOCIETY FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF WORK ANNOUNCES BOOK PRIZE
The Society for the Anthropology of Work congratulates Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter Little, and B. Lynne Milgram, whose recent edited volume from SAR Press, Street Economies in the Urban Global South (2013) for winning the 2014 SAW Book Prize. The prize will be presented at SAW's annual business meeting on Friday, December 5.
6. NEW PUBLICATION ON CLIMATE IN GUATEMALA
Anchukaitis, K.J., Taylor, M.J., Leland, C., Pons, D., Martin-Fernandez, J., Castellanos, E. 2014. Treering reconstructed dry season rainfall in Guatemala, Climate Dynamics, (DOI) 10.1007/s00382-014-2407-y
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