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Enduring ViolenceLadina Women's Lives in Guatemala$
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Cecilia Menjivar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267664

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267664.001.0001

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Enduring Violence

Enduring Violence

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Enduring Violence
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Cecilia Menjívar

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267664.003.0008

This book aims to shed light on the hidden sources of violence and suffering in the everyday lives of Guatemalan women. It has been argued in this book that violence does not only reside in the individual's intentional acts to inflict pain on others. Instead, the book shows there are multiple sources of violence which redirect the analytical gaze to the violence that comes from economic, social, and political structures that generate suffering in the lives of women. Even though the book has made use of individual cases of injurious acts to make points about structures of violence, it emphasizes that such actions are not solely the product of individual's motivations but are shaped by the structures of violence in which people live. The kinds of violence discussed in this book affect everyone in different ways, shaping the actions of those who act as well as the lives of those who suffer. The book also tells stories about how sisters, mothers, mothers-in-law, and female friends have actively participated in and normalized the infliction of pain on other women, but because their lives are embedded in the same violent structures and the cognitive frames they use to guide their actions and understanding of the world are molded and shaped by the social violence of institutions. This chapter places the author's observations about violence in Guatemala in a broader context. It links the violence against women to a more recognizable form of violence, such as the current wave of feminicide in the country.

Keywords:   suffering, violence, violent structures, Guatemala, women, feminicide

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