Notes on Mayan youth and rural industrialization in Guatemala

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Abstract

This article explores the experiences of some Mayan youths as they are increasingly drawn into circuits of the world economy as wage workers in rural maquilas. It explores how fundamental restructuring of the world economy and the new international division of labor in the last quarter of the 20th century has directly impacted some households in rural Guatemala. The article sheds light on how maquila factories in rural Guatemala operate as new sites of exploitation by reinforcing and intensifying existing inequalities, intergenerational tensions and for manufacturing powerlessness among rural Mayan adolescents, while simultaneously seducing them with modernity's desires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-73
Number of pages23
JournalCritique of Anthropology
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

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world economy
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international division of labor
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exploitation
modernity
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adolescent
worker
experience
Rural Industrialization
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Keywords

  • Globalization
  • Guatemala
  • Mayan Indians
  • Rural industrialization
  • Youth

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  • Anthropology

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Notes on Mayan youth and rural industrialization in Guatemala. / Green, Linda B.

In: Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2003, p. 51-73.

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