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Guatemalan indigenous rights activist Rigoberta Menchu first came to international prominence following the 1983 publication of her memoir, I, Rigoberta Menchu, which chronicled in compelling detail the violence and misery that she and her people suffered during her country's brutal civil war. The book focused world attention on Guatemala and led to her being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. In 1999, a book by David Stoll challenged the veracity of key details in Menchu's account, generating a storm of controversy. Journalists and scholars squared off regarding whether Menchu had lied about her past and, if so, what that would mean about the larger truths revealed in her book.<P>In The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy, Arturo Arias has assembled a casebook that offers a balanced perspective on the debate. The first section of this volume collects the primary documents — newspaper articles, interviews, and official statements — in which the debate raged, many translated into English for the first time. In the second section, a distinguished group of international scholars assesses the political, historical, and cultural contexts of the debate, and considers its implications for such issues as the "culture wars", historical truth, and the politics of memory. Also included is a new essay by David Stoll in which he responds to his critics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816636266
Editor:
Arias, Arturo
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Editor:
Arias, Arturo
Author:
Arias, Arturo
Author:
Stoll, David
Location:
Minneapolis
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Mayas
Subject:
Guatemala
Subject:
Women human rights workers.
Subject:
Quichâe women
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Guatemala Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Guatemala Politics and government.
Subject:
World History-Central America
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 2227-79-3
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 0.9 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Latin America » Guatemala
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » World History » Central America
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America

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