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The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala

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In The Mayan in the Mall, J. T. Way traces the creation of modern Guatemala from the 1920s to the present through a series of national and international development projects. Way shows that, far from being chronically underdeveloped, this nation of stark contrasts—where shopping malls and multinational corporate headquarters coexist with some of the Western Hemisphere's poorest and most violent slums—is the embodiment of globalized capitalism.

Using a wide array of historical and contemporary sources, Way explores the multiple intersections of development and individual life, focusing on the construction of social space through successive waves of land reform, urban planning, and economic policy. His explorations move from Guatemala City's poorest neighborhoods and informal economies (run predominantly by women) to a countryside still recovering from civil war and anti-Mayan genocide, and they encompass such artifacts of development as the modernist Pan-American Highway and the postmodern Grand Tikal Futura, a Mayan-themed shopping mall ringed by gated communities and shantytowns. Capitalist development, Way concludes, has dramatically reshaped the country's physical and social landscapes—engendering poverty, ethnic regionalism, and genocidal violence—and positioned Guatemala as a harbinger of globalization's future.

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Analyzes power, violence and development in modern Guatemala to demonstrate that what is seemingly "anti-modern" about Guatemalan landscape, society, and economy was developed as a part of modernity.

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This twentieth-century history of Guatemala begins with an analysis of the Grand Tikal Futura, a postmodern shopping mall with a faux-Mayan facade that is surrounded by a landscape of gated subdivisions, evangelical churches, motels, Kaqchikel-speaking villages, and some of the most poverty-stricken ghettos in the hemisphere.

About the Author

J. T. Way is a History Professor and Director at CIRMA (Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica/Mesoamerican Research Center) in Antigua, Guatemala; Faculty Affiliate at the University of Arizona; and Founder and President of The John T. Way Global Education Foundation, Inc.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822351313
Author:
Way, J T
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Way, J. T.
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 photographs, 5 maps
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.13 in

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Analyzes power, violence and development in modern Guatemala to demonstrate that what is seemingly "anti-modern" about Guatemalan landscape, society, and economy was developed as a part of modernity.
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This twentieth-century history of Guatemala begins with an analysis of the Grand Tikal Futura, a postmodern shopping mall with a faux-Mayan facade that is surrounded by a landscape of gated subdivisions, evangelical churches, motels, Kaqchikel-speaking villages, and some of the most poverty-stricken ghettos in the hemisphere.
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