By Liza Grandia

ISBN-10: 0295991658

ISBN-13: 9780295991658

This impassioned and rigorous research of the territorial plight of the Q'eqchi Maya of Guatemala highlights an pressing challenge for indigenous groups world wide - repeated displacement from their lands. Liza Grandia makes use of the instruments of ethnography, historical past, cartography, and ecology to discover the ordinary enclosures of Guatemala's moment greatest indigenous crew, who quantity 1000000 powerful. Having misplaced such a lot in their highland territory to international espresso planters on the finish of the nineteenth century, Q'eqchi' humans begun migrating into the lowland forests of northern Guatemala and southern Belize. Then, driven deeper into the frontier by way of farm animals ranchers, lowland Q'eqchi' chanced on themselves in clash with biodiversity conservationists who tested secure components throughout this zone in the course of the 1990s.

The lowland, maize-growing Q'eqchi' of the twenty first century face much more difficulties as they're swept into worldwide markets during the Dominican Republic-Central the United States loose exchange contract (DR-CAFTA) and the Puebla to Panama Plan (PPP). The waves of dispossession imposed upon them, pushed through encroaching espresso plantations, livestock ranches, and guarded parts, have unsettled those agrarian humans. Enclosed describes how they've got confronted and survived their demanding situations and, in doing so, is helping to give an explanation for what's occurring in different modern enclosures of public "common" area.

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26 Introduction Chapter 3 discusses the challenge of agricultural intensification for lowland Q’eqchi’ farmers.

In England, the enclosure process took place in two phases—both highly contested and resisted by peasant commoners (E. P. Thompson 1991). With the disappearance of serfdom in the fifteenth century, many peasants had become free laborers or yeoman farmers (proprietors of their own land), but they were expropriated during the sixteenth-century Reformation when the Tudors seized monastery estates, roughly a fifth of England’s arable land, and the nobility took land that peasants had cultivated for generations.

In Kerala, India, and Cuba). From the Bank’s ideological perspective, top-down land redistribution is simply no longer a viable option. Rather, the state’s role should be reduced to facilitating transactions between “willing buyer/willing seller” in an unfettered land market. Next, in building its case for leaving land distribution to the market, the World Bank portrays private property as an evolutionary improvement over other possibilities such as collective or usufruct tenure (Garoz and Gauster 2002) because it prizes efficiency over equity (although some analysts argue that efficiency will also result in equity).

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